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WELCOME TO THE MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB - MICHAEL HIBBERD


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2 hours ago, Wiseblood said:

The beauty of recruiting someone like Hibberd is the knock on effect - you can take the short, simplistic view that we've just gained another 'half back flanker'.  We know that Hibberd is a very good half back flanker, for a start, and it gives us more options.  With his recruitment, it can allow other guys like Hunt and Salem to play further up the field and use their weapons (kicking and speed respectively) where it can be more damaging than before.

Hibberd is terrific one on one, is a very good kick and is cool under pressure.  Not to mention he brings further experience to our backline, something we are still short of.

But feel free to be underwhelmed.  Some supporters are never happy.  

Bang bang and bang, the real keys to hibb are hopefully those 3. Our current flankers are not great 1-1 but keeping the skill level up with that trait could be massive for us. Then as you say release a Salem up the ground. We saw at VFL level some of his kicks hitting leading fwds from the wing on the weekend, before the grass took it revenge on his brain.

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34 minutes ago, stuie said:

love the fact he says/or at least it states in the story that we're a destination club!

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41 minutes ago, stuie said:

Also nice to see he would like to move into the midfield at some stage. Makes fitting him and Melksham into the team a lot easier

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Just now, Mickey said:

Also nice to see he would like to move into the midfield at some stage. Makes fitting him and Melksham into the team a lot easier

I reckon Melksham is more likely to play a bit of mid/wing, but that's just my opinion. Plus, having him allows someone like Salem or Hunt to play further up.

 

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2 minutes ago, stuie said:

I reckon Melksham is more likely to play a bit of mid/wing, but that's just my opinion. Plus, having him allows someone like Salem or Hunt to play further up.

 

I don't disagree, but having all of them rotating might give each a bit more impact when they go in

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Good to know the condescending crap written about Melbourne hasn't dried up just yet. Not many (if any) other clubs would have an article purely trying to make sense of why a player wants to go there. 

Take a breath.

Melbourne is a destination club.

At least that’s Michael Hibberd’s perspective as the defender seeks to join the Demons ahead of the 2017 season.

Translation:

Preapre yourself for something shocking.

Players actually want to go to Melbourne.

I know right? At least that's what Hibberd reckons. Lol good luck Michael.

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14 hours ago, jackaub said:

Not what we need we have halfback flankers to burn

Outside mid backup ruck /Forward thats what we need Why buy two halfbacks?

 

Well, Salem will move into the midfield next season you would hope.  Jayden Hunt eventually too.

Lumumba and Grimes are finished.

 

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Dodoro said on Trade Radio today that he thought our pick 26 was fair for Hibberd. So expect this deal to be done first thing Monday morning.  

 

Hibberd can get stuck into pre pre-season training straight away under the guidance of MIsso. 

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Hibberd > Melksham 

 

Pretty happy with this. We paid overs last year and unders this year. 

 

Both are best 22 and I think Hibberd will be close to top 12 for us for the next couple of years. At his age he is effectively a very good quality upgrade on Matt Jones.  Make our list run much deeper.

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26 minutes ago, deanox said:

Both are best 22 and I think Hibberd will be close to top 12 for us for the next couple of years. At his age he is effectively a very good quality upgrade on Matt Jones.  Make our list run much deeper.

Agree. As you say both the Melk and Hibberd strenthen our list consdierabley. Perhaps not at the top end but as is often said it it is about a club's bottom 6 as much as their top six. Which is one reason i think the Hawks fell away in the last part of the season amd will likley struggle next yeay (i hope).

They also really help the age profile of the list giving us a couple more quality mid twenty players (with 100 odd AFL games and 7-8 pre seasons under their bel) to help even out the list. 

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1 hour ago, deanox said:

Hibberd > Melksham 

 

Pretty happy with this. We paid overs last year and unders this year. 

 

Both are best 22 and I think Hibberd will be close to top 12 for us for the next couple of years. At his age he is effectively a very good quality upgrade on Matt Jones.  Make our list run much deeper.

Not sure it's unders for a guy who's nearly 27, had a year out of the game, has only played 80 games and has had a few injuries. I think it's more than fair given 100 solid games is really the maximum we can get from Hibberd. That's higher than the return on most pick 26'ers who have to develop and could easily flop but it's also a risk of giving up the 1 in 10 or so shot of getting an A grader around that mark.

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3 hours ago, It's Time said:

Dodoro said on Trade Radio today that he thought our pick 26 was fair for Hibberd. So expect this deal to be done first thing Monday morning.  

 

Hibberd can get stuck into pre pre-season training straight away under the guidance of MIsso. 

Just heard that too. Interesting that rob KERR head of footy department was on SEN this morning and didn't seem to think that 26 alone was enough and that a deal was a little way off. They need to get themselves on the same page at the bombres 

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5 minutes ago, demonoid said:

Just heard that too. Interesting that rob KERR head of footy department was on SEN this morning and didn't seem to think that 26 alone was enough and that a deal was a little way off. They need to get themselves on the same page at the bombres 

I have a sinking feeling we will cave and swap a 3rd rounder for their 4th rounder as part of the deal :(. But hopefully 2nd rounder alone is enough.

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32 minutes ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

To those who know Hibberd better than I... will we be looking for him to play as a third tall/intercept marker or as a mid-small defender off halfback?

 

Both.

I'd say that he will play as that sweeping player across the pack when the ball comes inside defensive 50, then run and kick the ball off half-back.

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1 hour ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

To those who know Hibberd better than I... will we be looking for him to play as a third tall/intercept marker or as a mid-small defender off halfback?

To which role is he better suited??

similar role to Matty Boyd or Corey Enright, backline general who uses the ball well, reads it well and sets up our attacks from the back half. 

he's a bloody good defender but capable of doing real damage the other way as well

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5 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Confirmation here that we've offered a second round draft pick from next year for Hibberd. Essendon wants a second round this year.

I'd get it done and be thankful they don't ask for more with that pick continuing to slide. Dee's now need to get creative to get back into the earlier stages of the draft

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