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Young has always been a midfielder until he went to the Rays.  It was a part of trying to teach him other roles and responsibilities as often happens with really talented kids.  Having seen the boy pl

I coached against this young fellow when he played juniors at Somerville. Also know him from representative cricket.  He's a cracking young man and a real winner.  Skills are outstanding, pace is good

Young will be taken with our first pick. Source: recruiter at another Victorian club. It’s apparently already widely known amongst AFL circles that we’ll be taking Young with our first pick.  

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What really struck me was how little time Young took to both spot an 'interesting' target and get his body organised to make the kick. The brain is working through the problem in front of him even as he is aware of what is going on closer around him. I'm a little excited and also enjoying thinking of past players with his ability. A bit of Trapper, a bit of Ooze?

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7 minutes ago, Little Goffy said:

What really struck me was how little time Young took to both spot an 'interesting' target and get his body organised to make the kick. The brain is working through the problem in front of him even as he is aware of what is going on closer around him. I'm a little excited and also enjoying thinking of past players with his ability. A bit of Trapper, a bit of Ooze?

His game sense, decision making and reflexes are all elite. He's able to work his way through contested situations and distribute perfectly either long or short. He's really strong in the air, is quick to mop up and ground level, and always uses the ball well. There's definitely a little bit of Trapper about his decision making and kicking. It's been a long time since we've had someone with elite kicking like Young at the club. Salem has potential, but he always picks a short option and his long kicking lacks penetration compared to others.

Young will be an elite half back flanker for a decade. Perfect replacement for Hibberd. He'll help improve the quality of entry into our forward 50 so we start scoring better again.

Need to get him at pick 3 IMO!

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With this ninety-second highlight package effectively quindecupling my exposure to Young's kicking I'm willing to say that he probably possesses the greatest foot-skills of any known living individual on the planet. It's like geometric poetry (and I have a literary degree, so I should know).

Seriously, this kid can kick.

(Selected draft footage, obvious provisos, but designed to show capabilities); Young appears to present as a genuine triple-threat by foot: assessment, execution, and threat.  

Assessment: quick summation and selection of options:

This takes extra-natural sporting ability and an instinctive awareness of surrounds (a la Clarry) combined with composure. Watts was considered one of our best kicks – but he was often quite slow to move it on. Hogan was similar. Young Young appears to weigh up and select the correct option at speed.  

Execution: skill and precision in hitting the target.

Wow. A phenom. The ability of Young to alter the speed, trajectory and weighting of his kicks is next level. He can kick slow and fast and high and flat – or any combination thereof – and do so off a short-step or on the run. Combined with the above footy smarts, and confidence to back himself in, this is a huge huge weapon.

Threat: penetration and play-making.

Dude can kick 55-meters-plus, which is a decent start, especially with regard to the speed and weighting over that distance. He can also spot and execute the so-called ‘45 degree’ option. Melksham, our designated half-forward, can do this. May can kick flat and long, but mostly does so from deeper. Oliver is capable. Who else?  

Summary:

All of the above, combined, is truly amazing – and fits exactly with what we want. I’m fairly convinced we let Frost go because we thought this bloke could slot in pretty soon. Oscar is a pretty safe kick but not remotely threatening, Petty doesn’t have the agility, and Frost (I love him) probably disrupted our game-plan.

That’s all good – but what is Young like as an actual defender?

I have no idea. But here are some of the words spoken about Young from well-known draft-watchers: ‘Has explosive speed’, ‘Young is a damaging half-back with great intercept marking.’ ‘Explosiveness from packs’, ‘Disciplined, checking his opponents tightly and providing them with few opportunities,’

And weaknesses? 

From Knightmare: ‘Sometimes too accountable.’ Not a bad knock at all.

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26 minutes ago, Skuit said:

With this ninety-second highlight package effectively quindecupling my exposure to Young's kicking I'm willing to say that he probably possesses the greatest foot-skills of any known living individual on the planet. It's like geometric poetry (and I have a literary degree, so I should know).

Seriously, this kid can kick.

(Selected draft footage, obvious provisos, but designed to show capabilities); Young appears to present as a genuine triple-threat by foot: assessment, execution, and threat.  

Assessment: quick summation and selection of options:

This takes extra-natural sporting ability and an instinctive awareness of surrounds (a la Clarry) combined with composure. Watts was considered one of our best kicks – but he was often quite slow to move it on. Hogan was similar. Young Young appears to weigh up and select the correct option at speed.  

Execution: skill and precision in hitting the target.

Wow. A phenom. The ability of Young to alter the speed, trajectory and weighting of his kicks is next level. He can kick slow and fast and high and flat – or any combination thereof – and do so off a short-step or on the run. Combined with the above footy smarts, and confidence to back himself in, this is a huge huge weapon.

Threat: penetration and play-making.

Dude can kick 55-meters-plus, which is a decent start, especially with regard to the speed and weighting over that distance. He can also spot and execute the so-called ‘45 degree’ option. Melksham, our designated half-forward, can do this. May can kick flat and long, but mostly does so from deeper. Oliver is capable. Who else?  

Summary:

All of the above, combined, is truly amazing – and fits exactly with what we want. I’m fairly convinced we let Frost go because we thought this bloke could slot in pretty soon. Oscar is a pretty safe kick but not remotely threatening, Petty doesn’t have the agility, and Frost (I love him) probably disrupted our game-plan.

That’s all good – but what is Young like as an actual defender?

I have no idea. But here are some of the words spoken about Young from well-known draft-watchers: ‘Has explosive speed’, ‘Young is a damaging half-back with great intercept marking.’ ‘Explosiveness from packs’, ‘Disciplined, checking his opponents tightly and providing them with few opportunities,’

And weaknesses? 

From Knightmare: ‘Sometimes too accountable.’ Not a bad knock at all.

Was thinking same thing about Frost. I assume Young is target number one.

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3 minutes ago, Ugottobekidding said:

Was thinking same thing about Frost. I assume Young is target number one.

The 17 back of jumper is a nice symmetry. I liked Frost plus flaws. Young though would be the antitheses. 

Leg-speed is fantastic for evasive needs. But precise kicking will always out-speed any run and open extra options as well. 

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The talk is a perfect replacement for Hibberd. Yeah, lets use our number three pick to replace someone lucky to be ranked in the AFLs top 200.

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35 minutes ago, Sorry kids said:

The talk is a perfect replacement for Hibberd. Yeah, lets use our number three pick to replace someone lucky to be ranked in the AFLs top 200.

what a strange thing to say.

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On 10/20/2019 at 2:50 AM, BAMF said:

 

I've been pro Serong or Flanders mostly because I think they're talented enough and with the goal sense we desperately need, but I have to admit I'm a sucker for a beautiful kick.

Would love to have him in the side. Particularly with our forward press. Get him intercepting 80m from goal and his kicks inside 50 are a lead up forwards wet dream

 

 

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We will really regret not taking this kid at 3.. he has skill,poise and speed. i would say they are 3 of our biggest hole o n the list. We simply cant ignore whats we need and when its on offer for us.

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4 hours ago, Sorry kids said:

 

It’s either Hibbo replacement with young or Spargo replacement with Serong. Take your pick.

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Having watched his entire highlight reel, im obviously an authority on the kid, so i will add my learned wisdom to the thread.

Must.Get.

Pick 3.

Done.

 

 

Seriously though, it looks like he has a great leg on him and in a team screaming out for decent delivery Young looks like a great choice for an early pick. Bit of agro about him as well by the way he roughed up the player on the ground after he tackled him before "that" kick.

I wont be unhappy if he is our first choice. They cant all be inside midfielders, and with Nev and Hibbo having past their peak, now is the time to blood a young replacement.

 

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2 hours ago, Sorry kids said:

How so 

The manner in which you frame most of your comments backs up my comment.  Hibberd was an AA player whose form appears to have tailed off putting him clearly outside the top 100 players in the league. Your comment would have the uninformed observer believe that he was never an elite player which he clearly was.  This is a fan forum and indeed you are entitled to say what you want and how you want within reason.  You just seem to be going out of your way to antagonise - if that floats your boat, good for you!

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Devon Roberton and Caleb Serong are the 2 closest to inside mids in top 10, so you can get Goodwin is all over these 2. Got to win the contested ball with inside contested beasts.0

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