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2019 Player Reviews: #46 Austin Bradtke

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“He was going to play six to eight games this year, just because of his body shape and he hadn’t played much footy, but he finished with 13 games and put on five to six kilos for the year which was great. He had huge growth in his body, he still needs to put on a bit more weight, but he’s improved dramatically. His fundamentals are very good, but he just hasn’t played a lot of footy so when he comes back he’ll do a lot of ruck work and marking practice. We know we have to take our time with him but he’s on track for another good year next year.” - Matt Egan MFC Head of Player Development 
 
An update on the first-year Demons
 
Date of Birth: 27 May, 2000
Height: 204cm    
Weight: 91kg    
 
Games MFC 2019: 0
Career Total: 0
 
Goals MFC 2019: 0
Career Total: 0
 
CDFC Games 2019: 9
CDFC Goals 2019: 3
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Could be anything or nothing but can’t fault his genetics.
I briefly met his father in the 90’s and to this day he is the largest human being I’ve ever seen.

Austin will be given time by the Club to develop and has the coordination, the height and all the resources necessary to succeed it will probably come down to desire and a bit of luck as to if he does. 

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I watched a couple of his games and saw some really promising signs:

- he can kick the footy 

- he's quite clean with the footy below his knees for a giraffe

If you can overlook the rag-dolling he got in the ruck which is to be expected from a stick insect, we might have a player with a few more years of weight/strength gain and development. It's hard to judge his ruck capability at this stage. It did improve in his first (VFL) game when instructed to jump over his opponent rather than be easily brushed aside.

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I'd rather Weids work on his strength yet be lean (not skinny), as opposed to bulky. Allow him to really launch at the ball.

He's never been the type of forward to sit under the ball and out-muscle his opponent. Oh how i miss you Neita.

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2 hours ago, george_on_the_outer said:

I wish Weidemann had put on as much weight/muscle:

 

That was posted on September 10. I am sure he's put on size and strength since. Also taking into account he was on a liquid diet after his wisdom teeth surgery. 

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7 hours ago, george_on_the_outer said:

I wish Weidemann had put on as much weight/muscle:

 

A phone camera will do that to to the edges, ie. make them bigger. I don't think Lever on the left has suddenly put on 15kg 

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3 hours ago, Whispering_Jack said:

Thanks WJ for sharing this. They're a terrific sporting family and with this great support I hold great hope for Austin.

Great to hear he's loving his development time at Melb and the support from Max & the mids.

And I'll be keeping an eye open for Aussie's bro Jensen (15 yo & 6ft 7in)

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On 11/2/2019 at 3:26 PM, Demon Disciple said:

I'd rather Weids work on his strength yet be lean (not skinny), as opposed to bulky. Allow him to really launch at the ball.

He's never been the type of forward to sit under the ball and out-muscle his opponent. Oh how i miss you Neita.

That's because he has had no muscle to be able to do that !!!

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On 11/2/2019 at 8:49 AM, Roger Mellie said:

I watched a couple of his games and saw some really promising signs:

- he can kick the footy 

- he's quite clean with the footy below his knees for a giraffe

If you can overlook the rag-dolling he got in the ruck which is to be expected from a stick insect, we might have a player with a few more years of weight/strength gain and development. It's hard to judge his ruck capability at this stage. It did improve in his first (VFL) game when instructed to jump over his opponent rather than be easily brushed aside.

An interesting factor for the dees atm is the number of young players we have who have potential but are still in the development phase.

In addition to bradtke we have neita, Sparrow, Chandler and Jordon. And id inlude smith in that mix (and possibly spargo).

Add the three players we just drafted and we have a solid group of young players with potential.

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On 11/2/2019 at 8:02 AM, FarNorthernD said:

Could be anything or nothing but can’t fault his genetics.
I briefly met his father in the 90’s and to this day he is the largest human being I’ve ever seen.

Austin will be given time by the Club to develop and has the coordination, the height and all the resources necessary to succeed it will probably come down to desire and a bit of luck as to if he does. 

POTENTIAL! Bradtke has it. Sparrow has it. The team wears it.

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