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I am a bit surprised that in the trade wash-up there is much talk about our lack of small forwards and no talk of Lockhart as a possible answer.

He has dash and in his first year found the goal consistently if not spectacularly with 9 goals in 12 games in a team with a non-functioning forward line. He could not have had a more demanding debut year than 2019 with us yet showed promise. He's early 20s so close to mature and will only improve with a serious pre-season. 

 

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13 minutes ago, pitmaster said:

I am a bit surprised that in the trade wash-up there is much talk about our lack of small forwards and no talk of Lockhart as a possible answer.

He has dash and in his first year found the goal consistently if not spectacularly with 9 goals in 12 games in a team with a non-functioning forward line. He could not have had a more demanding debut year than 2019 with us yet showed promise. He's early 20s so close to mature and will only improve with a serious pre-season. 

 

100% with you on this, also good overhead as well. I think he should be a legitimate option. Will be better with another pre season under his belt, and like all small fwds are better when we have function talls.. thats the issue i think.

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If we draft him and he gets through the pre-season unscathed, then I'd say Cody Weightman would be a fair chance at landing a spot in our side for Round 1.

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37 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

If we draft him and he gets through the pre-season unscathed, then I'd say Cody Weightman would be a fair chance at landing a spot in our side for Round 1.

I hope we aren't thinking IF Wise.

Lockhart is a likely prospect and hopefully takes another step up this season.  Him and Chandler (super green and a BIG IF) seem like the two smalls off our list that 'might' make it.

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1 hour ago, Wiseblood said:

If we draft him and he gets through the pre-season unscathed, then I'd say Cody Weightman would be a fair chance at landing a spot in our side for Round 1.

Other then being a bit of a draft bolter due to late season form and good combine results I don't know much about him. Looks to have a more mature body then most guys his age. Have you seen much of him WB? Good speed and skills?

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Was outstanding against Freo with 2 gls and pretty good vs Hawthorn.

Something to work with and hopefully a full pre season will be beneficial for him.

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Lockhart was very good considering he was recuited on the eve of the season's start and no pre-season with the MFC

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2 hours ago, pitmaster said:

I am a bit surprised that in the trade wash-up there is much talk about our lack of small forwards and no talk of Lockhart as a possible answer.

He has dash and in his first year found the goal consistently if not spectacularly with 9 goals in 12 games in a team with a non-functioning forward line. He could not have had a more demanding debut year than 2019 with us yet showed promise. He's early 20s so close to mature and will only improve with a serious pre-season. 

 

Thought he showed a fair bit considering he came to the club at the last minute without a proper preseason. He just inevitably ran out of steam in the latter part of the year. He's the one if we don't pick up anyone else.

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I'm a big fan but I don't think he has the x factor to be the number 1 small forward, I prefer him as the number 2 small forward rotating up through the midfield or even getting a go at half back after a preseason.

We need 1 more x factor forward but we can get bye pretty well if the whole forward line takes a big step forward with a functional structure, much cleaner entries and defensive pressure for all of the forwards. 

A combination of Betts, Rioli and Charlie Cameron all in 1 would've struggled last year.

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3 hours ago, pitmaster said:

I am a bit surprised that in the trade wash-up there is much talk about our lack of small forwards and no talk of Lockhart as a possible answer.

He has dash and in his first year found the goal consistently if not spectacularly with 9 goals in 12 games in a team with a non-functioning forward line. He could not have had a more demanding debut year than 2019 with us yet showed promise. He's early 20s so close to mature and will only improve with a serious pre-season. 

 

Very happy to find a like-mind with this one! His debut kick/goal (vs Geelong) was one of those rare moments of promise this year. He also showed some excellent forward skills in the Freo & Essendon matches. Has had to show a lot of grit to get to where he has so far. Not a silver-spooner, and despite what he’s delivered so far, is still yet to have a full pre-season with the club. 
 

He gets overlooked a strange amount. Buckenara didn’t even bother putting him on his list, and none of the other Demonlanders noticed! 

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Lockhart would be valuable near goal, for sure.

I wonder if he could eventually replace Neville Jetta.

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I’m hoping he could become a good lock in forward. He has a bit of pace so if he can build his tank and stick his tackles, him and Hunt could make some defenders very nervous next year.

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Lockhart will go up at least another level or 2 with a full AFL pre-season and AFL experience under his belt.

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Too many forwards where injured this season, Mitch Hannan played 15 games kicked 22 in 2018, come 2019 6 games 4 goals, even ANB kicked 27 goals in 2018. Hopefully TMac takes his marks next season, the amount of easy marks he dropped in 2019 was extraordinary, I reckon he dropped at least 1 to 2 easy marks a game, and as soon as he started taking them he kicked 10 goals in 2 games and 3 qtrs, he returned to form only to go down, has to start next year in that form or 2020 will be no good.

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We are massive fans of Lockhart, in our house. Mature head, good skills, tough as nails, repeat efforts and a little bit of X factor.

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Didn't have the tank to play too many games last year, but showed a bit when he got a go. Knows where the goals are, is tough and puts pressure on. 

Another preseason and hopefully he plays 15+ games for 20+ goals.

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Also carried a knee injury for at least the second half of the season, so full preseason and fitness might see big inroads. 

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On 10/17/2019 at 10:36 AM, durango said:

Lockhart was very good considering he was recuited on the eve of the season's start and no pre-season with the MFC

Given the disaster that 2019 turned out to be, perhaps that could be a bonus?  :wacko:

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