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All for it, of course, who wouldn't be, but we're basically looking at a combination of Kolodjashnij and VDB, with a dose of the Trengoves thrown in. If he can get back would be phenomenal, but it's a big if. No-one's been able to get him going for the last 3 years, so I'd be wary of the "we've finally worked out what's wrong" talk.

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37 minutes ago, bing181 said:

All for it, of course, who wouldn't be, but we're basically looking at a combination of Kolodjashnij and VDB, with a dose of the Trengoves thrown in. If he can get back would be phenomenal, but it's a big if. No-one's been able to get him going for the last 3 years, so I'd be wary of the "we've finally worked out what's wrong" talk.

Hopefully.  with our improved medical team it may happen.  Hawks seem to have an amazing medical team to fix players other clubs couldn't.   So fingers crossed if he joins us. 

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55 minutes ago, bing181 said:

All for it, of course, who wouldn't be, but we're basically looking at a combination of Kolodjashnij and VDB, with a dose of the Trengoves thrown in. If he can get back would be phenomenal, but it's a big if. No-one's been able to get him going for the last 3 years, so I'd be wary of the "we've finally worked out what's wrong" talk.

Agree. But it's virtually zero cost other than a few thousand bucks for him to train with us over the summer. If he breaks down at any stage that's it. If he gets through the summer we'll have a good idea on whether to gamble on minimum wages for 2020. The loss if it fails is minute. And lets face it based on the past 4 years don't hold your breath. But if it works. Oo La La!! And either way it's worth it just for a few weeks of excitement at a dead time of the year.

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2 minutes ago, Cards13 said:

Are we leaking or getting bent over, I’m unsure.

Might be that we’re the only ones offering a senior list spot as opposed to rookie list spot. 

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1 minute ago, Watson11 said:

Peter Bruckner, who was also the doctor at Liverpool FC and Darren Burgess would have the final say.  If we take him I think they would be backing themselves to fix the chronic issues he has had.  They seem to have some form.

https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/48/11/929

Bennell has chronic calve issues. 

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5 hours ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Former Docker Harley Bennell 
appears certain to be thrown AFL lifeline by Melbourne Demons after medical went ‘very well’

The headline doesn’t really match the content of the article but exciting nonetheless.

We do appear to be the team most likely to land him.

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28 minutes ago, RedLegs23 said:

Momentum’s really building now! 

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Totally agree RL.

Bennell looks a real chance 

Martin still can pick him if we have the balls and money fir 2 years 

I still rate Sam Gray Lachie Henderson snd  Maybe Sam Murray as players who could play a role in 2020 (and beyond) if we take a chance

Gray is a Corey Wagner type who is more advanced and kicks goals 

Henderson is an  experienced and versatile KPF and KPD who on a one year contract would give great depth while not undermining Harry Petty's career development.

Murray is a speedster who may be fast on a wing or on half back especially if injuries occur.

Supporters don't realise that the more you raise the bar in depth means the more the young developing players have to go to forge their career. It's a win win.

Last  years draft youngsters need to be challenged for their position for the Seniors through improvement and training and therein also lies the creation of depth and culture which exists at Clubs like Cats Hawks Swans And now Tigers And we need to foster this from 2018 and before but went missing last year in the medical room and surgery recovery workout gyms and running tracks!

Top10 draft picks 3 and 8 will raise the confidence enthusiasm and skill level for all at the Club in 2020 and well beyond.

Changes of Coaching, Medical and Performance and Conditioning Experts plus a revised and tweaked game plan are also a sure fire way of improving output and results this season if all are on board and united which seems potentially probable at this stage early as it may be.

Yes momentum is rising and I really don't think the words basket case have any right to be uttered over our last 5 years NOR this year either.

 

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Having played little footy in the past 4 years the chances of him staying on the park in the future are almost nil.  even if we pay him very little it is not worth it imo.  pick a kid in the draft and see how he goes.

he is saying all the right things to get a contract but he lacks the passion to play footy.

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21 hours ago, hemingway said:

Collingwood, Hawthorn and Richmond play on the G as tenant clubs.  

Surely he doesn’t want to play at the G for a tenant club - it’s far better to play at the G for the landlord * club.

* not literally in a proprietary interest sense, moreso in a historical, moral, we invented the game, traditional ‘owners’ etc sense.

Geez I hope we land this bloke.

 

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2 hours ago, DubDee said:

Having played little footy in the past 4 years the chances of him staying on the park in the future are almost nil.  even if we pay him very little it is not worth it imo.  pick a kid in the draft and see how he goes.

he is saying all the right things to get a contract but he lacks the passion to play footy.

Dub - Regardless of the on-field outcome, I'd happily sacrifice a list spot for the statement it makes and the small skerrick of excitement it brings to the supporters. The wage will probably pay for itself in memberships within a week of the signing. 

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22 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

Maxy Gawn just followed Harley Bennell on Instagram.. 

 

 

It's official then.

 

Just out of curiosity, and because the AFL changes rules more than people change underwear.... do we need to wait until the pre-season draft (is that even a thing now?) to pick him up, or can we sign him up anytime?

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