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2019 Player Reviews: #22 Aaron Vandenberg

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Demon fans were jubilant when he rejected an offer to play for the Swans last year. The bad news was that a foot injury kept him out of football for the entire season. Has averaged only 7 games a season in his five years at the club so is due for a change of luck.

Date of Birth: 3 March, 1992

Height: 188 cm    

Weight: 93 kg   

Games MFC 2019: 0

Career Total: 35

Goals MFC 2019: 0

Career Total: 22

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A 27 year old fringe utility player with 7 games in three years.

The decision to give him a three year contract on the back of a decent month of football was extraordinary and symptomatic of why we've played 1 final series in 13 years.

If he is not in full training (including kicking 50 metres) in a month's time we should be looking to pay him out and free up a list space.

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39 minutes ago, poita said:

A 27 year old fringe utility player with 7 games in three years.

The decision to give him a three year contract on the back of a decent month of football was extraordinary and symptomatic of why we've played 1 final series in 13 years.

If he is not in full training (including kicking 50 metres) in a month's time we should be looking to pay him out and free up a list space.

Comfortably top 22 when fit imo and takes the place of ANB Baker and a few others. Comfortably. Agree he has this season to get it right before moving him on. A month is an exaggeration.

He is our modern day Tingay: Talented and impactful enough on the team that you give him that extra time, just can't get his body right. 

At 27, statistically he is only just moving into his peak both from a skill and physical perspective for an AFL footballer.

Agree 3 years was overkill but he definitely deserved a contract extension after his end to 2018.

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Was hoping to see a negotiated retirement on medical grounds but not so. Probably the same for KK.

Anyway let's see what 2020 brings for them both but surely if they don't get on the park that's it.

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Good on AVB for getting a deal done as hes had some horrid luck. He has a bit of X factor & offers physicality as well as footy smarts.

Lucky to secure the contract but lots of upside if they can get him right.

Good luck.

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Loved him at the back end of last year and when fit a great option to rotate through the wing or half forward, hopefully like a new recruit in 2020. 

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Can't kick. Can't kick when he plays, but most definitely can't kick when he doesn't play.
Can tackle. Can't tackle when he doesn't play though.

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7 minutes ago, Chook said:

Can't kick. Can't kick when he plays, but most definitely can't kick when he doesn't play.
Can tackle. Can't tackle when he doesn't play though.

So if i read you correctly Chook, you're not a fan.

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1 hour ago, Return to Glory said:

So if i read you correctly Chook, you're not a fan.

How can I be a fan when he doesn't play for Melbourne?

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At what point in the next month or so do we hear if he and KK are ready to go?

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Overseas in Italy, after a poor football year and other problems 

that answer         4-6    It made me smile and actually feel better    Thanks DJ

my wife asked what I was smiling about and that felt good as well. 

I might even contemplate membership again, no next year to show how upset 2019 

made me feel      Come on 2020   It’s got to be better . Picks 3 and 8 lets choose wisely      go Dees 

 

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On 10/18/2019 at 3:04 PM, Chook said:

Can't kick. Can't kick when he plays, but most definitely can't kick when he doesn't play.
Can tackle. Can't tackle when he doesn't play though.

Can scare hell out of the opposition. A vital player when fully fit. Love you Vanders.

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On 10/18/2019 at 9:02 AM, poita said:

A 27 year old fringe utility player with 7 games in three years.

The decision to give him a three year contract on the back of a decent month of football was extraordinary and symptomatic of why we've played 1 final series in 13 years.

If he is not in full training (including kicking 50 metres) in a month's time we should be looking to pay him out and free up a list space.

In best 22 imo.

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On 10/18/2019 at 12:44 PM, praha said:

Comfortably top 22 when fit imo and takes the place of ANB Baker and a few others. Comfortably. Agree he has this season to get it right before moving him on. A month is an exaggeration.

He is our modern day Tingay: Talented and impactful enough on the team that you give him that extra time, just can't get his body right. 

At 27, statistically he is only just moving into his peak both from a skill and physical perspective for an AFL footballer.

Agree 3 years was overkill but he definitely deserved a contract extension after his end to 2018.

He was in my opinion the major change that got us into a preliminary final in 2018 Tough and skillful. The type of player that makes the opposition wonder where he is. 

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12 hours ago, Bobby McKenzie said:

Can scare hell out of the opposition. A vital player when fully fit. Love you Vanders.

You have my vote BM.

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