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5 minutes ago, Redleg said:

The Saints are considering a PP request on the basis of their injuries this season.

Not really...

The way the AFL have worded their criteria for the PP opens it up for the Saints to at least think about it.

It's not injuries as such that they are citing but the situations with one player maybe forced into retirement with heart problems, another with concussion issues and still another with ongoing mental problems.

They have been unfortunate losing the 3 players like this.

...but I think this has been drummed up by Nick & Gary this morning and nothing much will come of it.

A bit of a media beat up...who would have thought?

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4 minutes ago, rjay said:

Not really...

The way the AFL have worded their criteria for the PP opens it up for the Saints to at least think about it.

It's not injuries as such that they are citing but the situations with one player maybe forced into retirement with heart problems, another with concussion issues and still another with ongoing mental problems.

They have been unfortunate losing the 3 players like this.

...but I think this has been drummed up by Nick & Gary this morning and nothing much will come of it.

A bit of a media beat up...who would have thought?

I think it's probably Stkilda saying no way the Gold Coast get an early pick and compromise our pick as much as anything.

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2 minutes ago, rjay said:

Not really...

The way the AFL have worded their criteria for the PP opens it up for the Saints to at least think about it.

It's not injuries as such that they are citing but the situations with one player maybe forced into retirement with heart problems, another with concussion issues and still another with ongoing mental problems.

They have been unfortunate losing the 3 players like this.

...but I think this has been drummed up by Nick & Gary this morning and nothing much will come of it.

A bit of a media beat up...who would have thought?

KK not looking great with concussions, AVB may have to retire with long term foot problem, Joel Smith has missed 2 years of footy. Don’t think it has to be the cause of the lost games but the fact and impact of it, as a factor to be considered.

That said, of course we won’t get a PP, even if we asked for one.

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1 hour ago, Redleg said:

Not as stupid as it sounded when I posted it. 

The Saints are considering a PP request on the basis of their injuries this season. 

Well guess what, on the published list of injuries to clubs this season we were rated far and away the hardest hit by injuries, both in total games lost and most importantly, games lost by best 22 players on the list. 

There was a large gap to second placed team in both categories.

Well if the Saints are contemplating a request with less injuries and a higher ladder position, ( we could be 2nd last Sunday night ), then so should we. 

Any advantage helps in this competition. Just ask the Cats if they would give up their huge advantage at skilled.

 

With our luck, the AFL will grant us permission to engage a nurse.

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Instead of a PP, as some have suggested they should be able to offer rival clubs either draft picks or salary cap relief to other clubs to access veterans with strong leadership. All AFL backed of course, if a vetern leaves a team to help GC then maybe that team gets whatever GC pays them as salary cap relief to help retain or attract other players. For instance if Nate Jones was targeted and GC paid him $400k for 2 years, then we get that added to our salary cap to help the retention of Trac, Oliver etc. So clubs know they aren't going to be left with nothing and the GC should become more competitive over time rather than die a slow death. 

In my opinion Nate Jones should and will rightfully continue on in 2020 with us, he's adjusting well to the half back role (last week as an exception) and that's where I think he'll see out his playing days. 

Given he rode out some of the worst days of our club he should stay, however, he would be one of a handful of guys the Gold Coast should be looking at to give some real steal and leadership to their group. If the AFL were serious about getting GC up and going then they need 3 or 4 experienced leaders, they wouldn't have to play every game, but would help drag the kids into a more competitive/professional environment. We've had Cross/Lewis, Hodge has been a great success and GWS early days got JMac, Chad etc. At the moment across the comp these players should be approached for a similar role - Jones, Kade Simpson, Zararachis, Easton Wood, Harry Taylor, Mundy, Westoff, Ebert, Houli ect. 

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