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2019 Player Reviews: #21 Braydon Preuss

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When he was traded into the club 12 months ago, he was expected to add versatility to the list but his appearances were rare and, apart from the day when he beat Matthew Kruezer (in Max Gawn’s absence), he hasn’t exactly set the world in fire.
 
Date of Birth: 16 June, 1995
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 114 kg
 
Games MFC 2019: 7
Career Total: 15
 
Goals MFC 2019: 4
Career Total: 9
 
CDFC Games 2019: 10
CDFC Goals 2019: 7
 
Votes 2019 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy:  45 votes
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Tempting to say that he suffers from MFCFS (MFC Fringe Syndrome) in that he is too good for VFL but can't make it at AFL level but it's not that simple.

Preuss is an old style ruckman in a world that doesn't value that style of play. Not sure that it will change.

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Pruess is very effective in getting first hand to the ball in ruck contests. He also follows up, and second efforts are promising. Yes, he looks a little cumbersome at times... a little unsure... I think this is because he came to our game later than most. For this reason I see upside as he works with coaches (and Max) at the elite level. He kicks like a mule and is good for a goal or two when bursting out of secondary stoppages forward of the centre. He is also on the aggressive side with physicality in the clashes. I expect he will improve as time goes on.

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If he wants to play in the same side as Max he had better get a tank and be consistent taking marks In the forward line. He needs to make defenders fear his abilities in the air otherwise they will just continually run off him.

If he can do these two things he will be more than useful.
Unfortunately being humongous Isn’t enough on its own

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59 minutes ago, waynewussell said:

Pruess is very effective in getting first hand to the ball in ruck contests. He also follows up, and second efforts are promising. Yes, he looks a little cumbersome at times... a little unsure... I think this is because he came to our game later than most. For this reason I see upside as he works with coaches (and Max) at the elite level. He kicks like a mule and is good for a goal or two when bursting out of secondary stoppages forward of the centre. He is also on the aggressive side with physicality in the clashes. I expect he will improve as time goes on.

Still agree with this summation ... I'd reckon he is more than handy if he makes progress on last year. Hard work and close work will bring this improvement.

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Couldnt catch a balloon if he tried unfortunatel. Is a decent kick for goal but rarely gets that opportunity. See it very hard for him to squeeze into the team with Tomlinson/Weideman doing the chop-out ruck work.

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Certainly a work in progress, and I wouldn't write him off just yet, as many have.

IF he can improve his tank over the off season, he may well find more confidence in contested marking and chasing down defenders who, if caught by him, would be in mortal fear.

Ruck coaching and Max mentoring could also help his ruck craft.

Over to you, Braydon - get super fit and give yourself  a chance to prove the critics wrong.

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23 hours ago, Go the Biff said:

Spencil V 2.0

Exactly what I was going to write - Jake Spencer's slightly more solid and slightly less athletic brother from another mother.

Even experienced ruckmen go for fourth round future picks in the trade period - we gave up a best 22 midfielder for ours.

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Preussey is the back up we needed and could develop into a real weapon for us....?

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give him more time and play him forward at Casey, as well as ruck. He needs to improve his marking if he can do that he will be a major asset. we all know the headache cox for collingwood causes for us, i would like to see Preuss do something similar but more consistently.

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With a bit more in the tank and another preseason with max I think Preuss could surprise a few people. Just having him on the team makes me feel better, if we were to lose gawn for any decent length and we didn't have him, we would be in big trouble. I'm hoping he can improve his leading patterns and forward craft. He is huge and can kick straight. 

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I think he'll come good as a forward ruck. He can mark the ball, he took 9 marks in a 2017 game against GWS, 4 contested. He was down on confidence this year, and perhaps too heavy. If he trims down he'll be dangerous.

There were 2 very simple marks (amongst others) he spilled this year that probably led to the lack of confidence and being dropped from the team. Big preseason and Preussy's set up for a big 2020.

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Needs to play primarily as a forward in the VFL. If can't make it there then he's not going to make it anywhere and we can comfortably either chuck him or accept that he'll only ever play if Max is out.

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On 10/16/2019 at 7:35 PM, Diamond_Jim said:

Tempting to say that he suffers from MFCFS (MFC Fringe Syndrome) in that he is too good for VFL but can't make it at AFL level but it's not that simple.

Preuss is an old style ruckman in a world that doesn't value that style of play. Not sure that it will change.

Think we need to have Preuss adapt to the MFC style rather than accept him as a second string ruckman. 2020 should be the year the Club coaches do this

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