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Farewell Dean Kent

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1 hour ago, Nasher said:

I wouldn’t bother. I think we’re past the point where we retain decent but undependable players just in case they come good. That’s definitely where I’d put Kent. Seems 1/3 in form, 1/3 out of form and 1/3 injured. 

At this stage I’d say he’s most welcome to explore other opportunities. 

Fair enough. Out of interest though, what did you think about the Jetta move at the time? Personally I think Kent's shown more than Jetta had.

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7 hours ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

Kent lost me as a player last year on the back of a string of lazy performances.  For all his promise and potential weaponry, he just doesn't get enough of the ball or effect enough contests.

For a player of his speed, power and supposed physicality, he averages just 2 tackles and game and has kicked over 3 goals just once in his career (4 goals, round 3 2016).  He's recorded over 20 disposals in a match six times in his career, 5 of those times were in 2016; did very little before and very little since.

Kent lost me in his second season with a string of lazy performances. He's a goal kicker (when he's kicking them straight), but hasn't improved on his work rate in all his time at the club. He's old Melbourne.

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8 hours ago, GCDee said:

I'm sure Port will be keen after all it appears Ken Hinkley is trying to rebuild the power house 2011 demons led by the great Mark Neeld.

Bring in Kent, lure some gems like Jimmy Manger and Alex Georgio out of retirement and bring in Mark "twitch" Neeld as the head game plan coach. 

What could go wrong? 

*Bailey powerhouse

Both Trenners and Watts there were recruited under Bailey, and were already 3 years in by the time Neeld got there.

 

I'm not nit picking, but I reckon Neeld gets painted with too much, and Bailey too little. If we had Roos instead of Neeld I doubt there would have been a different outcome. Sure he was a B-grade coach, but so was the list he inherited.

 

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2 hours ago, Nasher said:

I wouldn’t bother. I think we’re past the point where we retain decent but undependable players just in case they come good. That’s definitely where I’d put Kent. Seems 1/3 in form, 1/3 out of form and 1/3 injured. 

At this stage I’d say he’s most welcome to explore other opportunities. 

This.

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10 hours ago, david_neitz_is_my_dad said:

does his string in the midfield

Does his strings on cold nights. Which reminds me of Cyril Rioli, who does his strings in Tasmania so they stopped playing him there!

Kent's not to the same level, but the reality is we don't have anyone really who's closer. 

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His problem isn't lack of opportunity.  When he's fit he plays.  The problem is that he's constantly injured.  That's not going to change with another club and I doubt that other teams are going to want to take the chance given his history.  Best he can hope for is Fremantle I would think. 

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Wants more time in the midfield, try getting on the park consistently first mate. 

Geez that should be ur first priority. 

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2 hours ago, timbo said:

What is NDH

gold medal for use of mien

The N stands for 'no' and the H stands for '-heads' in an often cited footy club policy that is promptly forgotten about when the likes of De Goey enter the market. Incidentally, Collingwood won a flag off the back of an all-DH policy in 2010 and have underperformed ever since they reversed it and switched to a Buckley-boy model. Until this week, of course.  

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10 hours ago, DemonLad5 said:

Wouldn't be against it. Deserves some opportunity. Talented player. We've gotta open up list spots somehow

and hopefully get a little something back.

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7 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

I was a Kent fan from his debut up until 2016. Last year was shocking. 

But in a very small sample size his 2018 games looked vastly improved.

- Nailed his shots on goal
- kept his feet
- laid some tackles
- held his marks

As for the rest of our small/medium smalls: I love Spargo but he is just a kid. I'm still very sceptical on ANB who works super hard but makes terrible decisions under pressure and isn't quick enough to get out of trouble or to run down good defenders. Garlett is pretty well done unless he proves otherwise. Hannan is just floating through games and isn't a proven tackler either. Bugg has the right work rate but his skills are just too far below the standard. Vanders is a hope that he can get back. Balic is yet to prove anything.

Pretty much what I'm saying is I have little faith in any of our small forwards and I really could see Kent coming back in and making the team better and I'd like to see him rotated up to the wing for short bursts as well. 

I wouldn't bet on it happening or working, but there's a lot of people putting faith in some players who haven't done anything really. If Kent does come back in and isn't picked then yeah both he and club would be better off parting ways. But there's still a lot of time left in the year.

 

Nice analysis there DS! I wholeheartedly agree- DK has major upside when he’s on, and if slotted in when we need him, I’m sure he’ll rise to the occasion 

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About to have a kid. Understandably wants some stability for future. 

If he wants to stay and get a good deal he has 11 games to prove he’s worth it. Otherwise I think we should facilitate a trade. 

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Has always been a 'nearly' player.

Has the physique. Can look impressive on the ground. Can put up decent (not elite) numbers when he is on. But nothing to justify a midfield spot.

We could throw him in as steak knives of Gaff nominates us as his chosen club.

As an aside, wasn't he suspended in 2017 for drinking with BenKen and Spencil?

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Goodluck with your future endeavours Kent.

 

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He's never been a midfielder since U18's, he's a wing/flanker and always will be. Has missed so much footy it will have affected his tank. Good luck trying to get a game in an AFL midfield, maybe GC or STK are the only two desperate enough but he'll never get on the park unfortunately for us or anyone else.

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21 hours ago, daisycutter said:

hmmm.......just realised he's only 24 (thought him much older)

Always regarded him as a very handy player with G and D qualities, to complement his speed, drive and kicking abilities. Body is a worry though, recovery,  play, recovery, play, recovery, looking elsewhere?? Terrible shame.

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7 hours ago, Jaded said:

About to have a kid. Understandably wants some stability for future. 

If he wants to stay and get a good deal he has 11 games to prove he’s worth it. Otherwise I think we should facilitate a trade. 

That is a fair offer - if he can provide a positive response that would be great. He is, however, NOT a midfielder. He is a flanker - the space suits his run and carry, and his passing skills with an occasional drift into the goals for scoring. 

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I always liked Kent, it was a shame that he did his shoulder when he did because he offered us quite a lot but I can understand why he would like a new opportunity elsewhere.

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Bloke can play, just doesn't get out there enough.

Third rounder?

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Cost them 2 first rounders.

 

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