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Great get.  Daisy is chuffed.  I remember her coming in 2nd (or thereabouts) in the Fox Footy kicking comp on the Yarra a few years back.   Think Clarry won that.

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https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/cats-to-pounce-on-dees-defender-as-harris-trade-heats-up-20210607-p57yx3.html

Interesting that in this article her manager denies the accuracy of the 150k price tag and article confirms the most she will be paid is 37k. Maybe less off field duties at Melbourne was attractive? 

I really don't care what any player gets paid, Just play your role

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Importantly we now have a true forward, with Cunningham announcing her retirement as well. 

We were desperate for someone to kick goals last year, and until they moved Daisy up forward we were struggling. 

Interesting though why she wanted out of Carlton, given the amount of money she was on there.....and they are not a basketcase like Geelong. 

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Well this turned out to be a bit of a steal. I was concerned by what we'd have to give up for Tayla...as it turns out, nowhere as much as I'd thought. Sad to lose Emonson, but key forwards are at a premium. Not sure what's gone on at Carlton - perhaps they're trying to clear out before expansion and got too many players off side in the process?

The retirement of Cunningham also puts things in a different light for us. The thing about Tayla is, regardless of form, opposition coaches aren't going to underestimate her, which will give the likes of Bannan some more development time.

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Seems genuinely excited. Her comments about her struggles during Covid certainly ring true and explain her poor form for Carlton last year. Massive stuff up by them letting her go but its our gain. If she works hard and gets back to close to her best she’ll be a serious weapon for us and give us that forward target we were crying out for last year.

Great to have you back Tayla. Can’t wait to see you running around in the red and blue.

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20 minutes ago, BDA said:

Seems genuinely excited. Her comments about her struggles during Covid certainly ring true and explain her poor form for Carlton last year. Massive stuff up by them letting her go but its our gain. If she works hard and gets back to close to her best she’ll be a serious weapon for us and give us that forward target we were crying out for last year.

Great to have you back Tayla. Can’t wait to see you running around in the red and blue.

After all the silly media, it's a great listen, 'Landers. Not the 'all-about-me' projected by the media; indeed, quite the opposite, it seems. 'Genuine' does seem to be the word, BDA. I love the connection to Daisy, and to Mick; I feel like 2021/22 is going to be like 1987 for the boys, Robbie and Swooper, but with the ultimate better ending! It's scary that she knows what affected her in recent seasons and has since made effective, relevant life changes. And she's doing skill sessions for the first time! 

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I was amazed when the article stated she is only 24! 

She was starring in the exhibition games all those years ago, and one would think she still has many years left.  Her skills don't disappear, and her abilities overhead and long kicking capabilities are extremely rare in the AFLW world. 

Will be a genuine target up front which we have lacked, and in tandem with Daisy will allow the likes of Bannan to develop without the pressure of taking experienced defenders.

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3 hours ago, george_on_the_outer said:

I was amazed when the article stated she is only 24! 

She was starring in the exhibition games all those years ago, and one would think she still has many years left.  Her skills don't disappear, and her abilities overhead and long kicking capabilities are extremely rare in the AFLW world. 

Will be a genuine target up front which we have lacked, and in tandem with Daisy will allow the likes of Bannan to develop without the pressure of taking experienced defenders.

If she is 100% committed to being the best player she can be and has a good run with injuries we may have the missing link between finals and a flag. The single truly elite kick in the Womens game, tough as hell and a great pair of hands. Exactly what we need up forward.

 

Wrapped to have her on board.

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Mr Fawlty, Meggs is also ‘rapt’ to have Tayla on board, in raptures you might say.  Where is @Demonstone?

Her marking strength and long kicks will definitely impact our scoring potential.
Dees are setting up for for big season I reckon.

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