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12 minutes ago, RalphiusMaximus said:

We need to offer something to get the guy to the club.  If Geelong are offering one year, we offer two.  If they are offering two, we offer two + one with a trigger.  There are at least four clubs looking at him and we're probably the least successful of the lot.  We're not going to get him for a one year deal. 

Beyond that simple fact, one spot on our list simply isn't that big a deal.  We just re-signed both Wagners, Dunkley, Baker, Chandler and Lockhart.  Is Bennell a worse option to have on our list that any of them?  I readily admit that he's a risk and might never even play a senior game for us, but he's certainly not any weaker than the fringe players we have already given contracts to. 

Are there? I have only read about Sydney and Geelong. Who are the other teams?

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12 hours ago, RalphiusMaximus said:

We need to offer something to get the guy to the club.  If Geelong are offering one year, we offer two.  If they are offering two, we offer two + one with a trigger.  There are at least four clubs looking at him and we're probably the least successful of the lot.  We're not going to get him for a one year deal. 

Beyond that simple fact, one spot on our list simply isn't that big a deal.  We just re-signed both Wagners, Dunkley, Baker, Chandler and Lockhart.  Is Bennell a worse option to have on our list that any of them?  I readily admit that he's a risk and might never even play a senior game for us, but he's certainly not any weaker than the fringe players we have already given contracts to. 

We need to ensure the guy can still run and is a good chance to be able to actually play again before blindly offering him a contract, just because other clubs are. I'm glad we're reported to be putting him through a medical, but he still hasn't started running yet. It'd be stupidity of the highest order to offer him a 2 year contract (or more as you suggested) then for him to break down within a few weeks of returning to running. He'd need to be able to show he can return to top speed, use some agility and be able to jump before we should consider a contract, we've got right up to when the season starts to do that, make him work for it first. 

To answer your question is he a worse option that Wagner(s), Dunkley, Baker etc, well clearly over the last 4 season that answer is YES. From last season, May, Lever, Jetta and Hannan all played less than 10 games due to injury while AVB, KK and JSmith played 0, bringing in another player with a significantly worse injury history than any of them is not smart, yes it's only 1 list spot but coming off a massively injury effected season means we should be extra cautious, and I'd want to see he's got some capability to get back to footy, not just offer him a contract because everyone else is!

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18 minutes ago, juzzk1d said:

Sam Edmond on SEN breaking news. Harley to have medical with dees tonight.

oH oh ? Is it right he hasn't played since 2017 for Freo Chronic calf and hamstring injuries?

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7 minutes ago, Lord Nev said:

Technical question for anyone that happens to know, but I seem to remember Burgess was listed as starting in November. I know he's already done some things like giving out programs for the players on break, but is he on hand to oversee the Bennell physical?

 

Shhh i wont tell if you wont?

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33 minutes ago, Kent said:

oH oh ? Is it right he hasn't played since 2017 for Freo Chronic calf and hamstring injuries?

He'll be on small coin.  Low risk high potential reward if he can stay on the park Kent.  We need speed and class

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Out of the interested clubs are we the first to put him through a medical?

Don’t mind this move personally, loads of talent and if he has some luck over the next year or two with his body we could benefit greatly. Even if he only shows 75% of his potential. 

Risk worth taking and if it doesn’t work out so be it. 

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6 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Out of the interested clubs are we the first to put him through a medical?

Don’t mind this move personally, loads of talent and if he has some luck over the next year or two with his body we could benefit greatly. Even if he only shows 75% of his potential. 

Risk worth taking and if it doesn’t work out so be it. 

I think Edmund said Geelong gave him a medical.

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We simply do not need another player with a history of chronic injury. A waste of time and resources trying to get another player fit to play with the high risk that he will breakdown again. 

Chronic hamstring injury is something that never goes away. Footy is stop start and requires sudden acceleration like a sprinter coming out of the blocks time and time again. 

A no for me. 

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WERRIDEE where are you!?

Backs:     Nev      May      Hore

HB:          Hibb     Lever    Young

Cntr:        Langdon   Clarry   Bennell

HF:          Pickett    Petty     Melk

F:             AVB        T-Mac   Fritsch

Followers:  Maxy  Viney  Tracc  Harmes

Int:  Jones, Salem, Gus, Tomo

Emerg:  Hunt, Dunkley, Hannan, Lockhart

Ext Emerg:  ANB, Baker, C-Wags, Weightman, Pruess, Weid

 

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2 minutes ago, Rusty Nails said:

WERRIDEE where are you!?

Backs:     Nev      May      Hore

HB:          Hibb     Lever    Young

Cntr:        Langdon   Clarry   Bennell

HF:          Pickett    Petty     Melk

F:             AVB        T-Mac   Fritsch

Followers:  Maxy  Viney  Tracc  Harmes

Int:  Jones, Salem, Gus, Tomo

Emerg:  Hunt, Lockhart, Dunkley,  Hannan

 

So we went all out for Tomlinson to play him at Casey?

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