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11 minutes ago, Skuit said:

Our fine young princeling out for his first run with the pack: 

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According to the doubters "Has no skills,  too light, too short for a ruckman,  can't kick, bad drop! Not great  high mark, and has only bullied small opponents throughout the country, oh and has lost an AA Basketball leap in 18 mths.

LJ one thing they didn't question was your heart (competitiveness ) which above all the numerous skills you possess  (listed above) will take you a long long way in AFL.

World  is at your  feet to conquer!

Best of luck young man.l

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1 hour ago, FarNorthernD said:

Shades of a young Jeff White

Funny, I thought the exact same thing watching him yesterday. White (195cm) was probably slightly undersized for a ruckman as well. A much better comparison than Grundy IMO. 

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On 12/10/2019 at 8:41 PM, dazzledavey36 said:

There seems to be some genuine excitement with this kid, especially from some of our own track watchers.

Im feeling theres a lot of Clarry about this selection..

So do I after yesterdays Hitout Dazzle! What about his Leap???

Some serious player I feel!

Go Young Fella!!

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I don’t really see the point of him being a mid, like he was at times yesterday, attending centre bounces while Weid went up in the ruck.

He has ridiculous athleticism, and is a ruckman in the mould of NikNat more than Grundy. Split his time between forward and ruck. Don’t over complicate it.

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18 hours ago, Forest Demon said:

I don’t really see the point of him being a mid, like he was at times yesterday, attending centre bounces while Weid went up in the ruck.

He has ridiculous athleticism, and is a ruckman in the mould of NikNat more than Grundy. Split his time between forward and ruck. Don’t over complicate it.

I agree, not to mention we have more than enough inside mids. He showed a bit in the ruck with his huge leap and good followup, but as a mid he was clueless and ineffective. Didn't get much of a look as a forward as delivery was directed elsewhere when he was down there. 

IMO he should play s 2nd ruck to Gawn. He can play forward and then rotate into the ruck to allow Gawn to rest forward. It's a waste playing him inside mid, though I'm not opposed to trying him in the wing role that Richo and Goodes excelled in as tall marking targets.

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18 hours ago, Forest Demon said:

I don’t really see the point of him being a mid, like he was at times yesterday, attending centre bounces while Weid went up in the ruck.

I agree with this as well - the entire point of having a mobile ruckman is that you essentially gain an extra midfielder after the tap. Playing him as a midfielder negates that advantage and detracts from his strengths (obviously just a practice match though so fair enough - all good experience for the kid).

14 minutes ago, Lord Travis said:

IMO he should play s 2nd ruck to Gawn.

I think so too - but I think he looks a fair way off best 22 at the moment, barring injury to at least one of Gawn, Weideman or Brown (probably an unpopular opinion). All else being equal, I'd like to see him develop at Casey for the first half of the year at least.

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18 hours ago, Forest Demon said:

I don’t really see the point of him being a mid, like he was at times yesterday, attending centre bounces while Weid went up in the ruck.

He has ridiculous athleticism, and is a ruckman in the mould of NikNat more than Grundy. Split his time between forward and ruck. Don’t over complicate it.

Develop the skills while he's young and learning.   The ground ball skills,   as well as his other attributes.

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18 hours ago, Forest Demon said:

I don’t really see the point of him being a mid, like he was at times yesterday, attending centre bounces while Weid went up in the ruck.

He has ridiculous athleticism, and is a ruckman in the mould of NikNat more than Grundy. Split his time between forward and ruck. Don’t over complicate it.

He's going to be in there as a 2nd ruck, the game plan will be for Max to win the tap to Jackson who then will tap it to Tomlinson running in from the wing, who then taps it to Weid at CHF who will finally tap it to one of the waiting forwards to run in unopposed to goal. We want to play a volleyball style game, using 1 possession (a kick) per goal, ensuring our disposal efficiency is the highest it can be - 1 disposal 1 goal.

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28 minutes ago, Accepting Mediocrity said:

I agree with this as well - the entire point of having a mobile ruckman is that you essentially gain an extra midfielder after the tap. Playing him as a midfielder negates that advantage and detracts from his strengths (obviously just a practice match though so fair enough - all good experience for the kid).

I think so too - but I think he looks a fair way off best 22 at the moment, barring injury to at least one of Gawn, Weideman or Brown (probably an unpopular opinion). All else being equal, I'd like to see him develop at Casey for the first half of the year at least.

Agree he doesn't look best 22 yet, and other than some magical leaps, he was one of the worst players on the ground yesterday.

The calls about him instantly surpassing Weid were a bit ridiculous IMO. Weid had an average game yesterday, yet nullified a good number one ruckman in O'Brien and picked up 20 hit-outs and 18 disposals himself. He is miles ahead of Jackson at this stage, as he should be with five years extra development!

I'd like to see Jackson rucking for Casey in first half of the year, and then hopefully building to becoming 2nd ruck/forward option in AFL second half of the year.

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