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2 minutes ago, whatwhat say what said:

no, but he's fourth cab off the rank

That might well be so but just a reminder that Melbourne’s first draft pick at the moment is in the 30s. Even if we trade up, where do the club’s priorities lie in November. A development ruckman?

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3 hours ago, Neitz the Great said:

Sorry to burst your bubble, but trust me. It will happen. 

Clubs and media all over him - Luke Jackson ruckman type- esque

He hasn’t got the body he will break in half project player Jackson was ready to go

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Other people clearly follow this much closer than me - but from what I've seen and heard he's only shown glimpses of potential.

Players like Grundy and Jackson showed a lot more at the same age.  Maybe not his fault as he is so lightly built at the moment.

But it's rare of clubs to draft so highly solely on potential.  If he's 3-4 years away, which clubs are going to use their first round pick on him - it's such a risk and clubs / recruiting managers are held to account for these decisions when they don't come off.  (You don't want to be the guy that picks a Luke Molan or Lucas Cook in the first round)

Put it this way - If we had a pick in the first round, I'd be concerned if we were looking to use it on this kid unless he showed a bit more in the second half of the year.

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9 hours ago, Redleg said:

Is he as good as Grundy, who was ready to go and went 18?

Anyway if he comes to us great and if he doesn’t, so be it. 

Geelong will come from behind, in the 'dark, out-of-picture nowhereland', and snatch him above all other clubs. 

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8 hours ago, Freddy Fuschia said:

That might well be so but just a reminder that Melbourne’s first draft pick at the moment is in the 30s. Even if we trade up, where do the club’s priorities lie in November. A development ruckman?

We have done really well over the last two years in recruiting younger players with talent and great potential. Just like fruit on the vine, allow these future Demons the chance to ripen over time ... recruiting one ruckman just is not the sole outcome of our development or onfield success. 

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Can someone explain how much effort and resources we actually put in to our NGA? A lot of posters saying it's not worth it; is it really as simple as 'You fit the rules, come train during summer' or is there more to it than that?

@dazzledavey36may have some idea. Just working out if I'm going to be outraged just because they've changed the rules or genuinely outraged.

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sounds like mac andrew will be a top 10 pick at this stage

https://www.afl.com.au/news/647954/twomey-s-draft-team-of-the-year-merrett-2-0-athletic-ruck-enter-top-10-talks

Mac Andrew's performance for Vic Country in last week's under-19 clash with Vic Metro was particularly eye-catching and sees the athletic ruckman/forward come back into the team of the year after missing several weeks through concussion.

Andrew has elevated himself into being a likely top-10 selection, meaning Melbourne would be unable to match a bid on the Next Generation Academy prospect.

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Brilliant. Rule changes working wonders for us ?

Meanwhile other clubs benefits with multiple first round picks for bugger all cost. Such a broken system and frustrating that it starts getting corrected right when we’d finally benefit!

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On 7/14/2021 at 5:53 AM, Blistering said:

Currently, Geelong’s first pick is 27,

Irrelevant due to their upstart demands being regularly met by the AFL, and ability to offer top dollar to the player as a nurturant incentive.

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7 minutes ago, Lord Travis said:

Brilliant. Rule changes working wonders for us ?

Meanwhile other clubs benefits with multiple first round picks for bugger all cost. Such a broken system and frustrating that it starts getting corrected right when we’d finally benefit!

Exactly, why not phase it out over a 3 year period beginning from last year, and allow each club to select one player in that 3 year window under the old rules - and everyone else under the new rules? Cutting it off completely just means some clubs got a massive leg up, and others didn’t. A phased approach allows for consistency.

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3 minutes ago, The heart beats true said:

Exactly, why not phase it out over a 3 year period beginning from last year, and allow each club to select one player in that 3 year window under the old rules - and everyone else under the new rules? Cutting it off completely just means some clubs got a massive leg up, and others didn’t. A phased approach allows for consistency.

And the AFL would not know consistency if they fell over it - explains the way it has been changed.

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It's an interesting one, if we weren't eligible for Mac Andrew would we still be urging for a Phased Out approach of a system that wasn't really fair to begin with?

Hoping he sneaks through, would like to benefit from a rule that has helped other clubs but if it doesn't what can you do. 

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On 7/14/2021 at 6:16 AM, Deemania since 56 said:

Geelong will come from behind, in the 'dark, out-of-picture nowhereland', and snatch him above all other clubs. 

He is too young for them

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On 7/14/2021 at 7:08 AM, Mickey said:

Can someone explain how much effort and resources we actually put in to our NGA? A lot of posters saying it's not worth it; is it really as simple as 'You fit the rules, come train during summer' or is there more to it than that?

@dazzledavey36may have some idea. Just working out if I'm going to be outraged just because they've changed the rules or genuinely outraged.

We've probably had Mac since he was 14-15 in our junior academy system.

Last year he trained a couple of times with the club in the off season, as did all our other current academy players like Kobi George and  Ryan Koo Kwet Kim from Dandenong Stringrays. 

Unfortunately due to the new rule change,  we are about to lose a gun player that we've helped support and provide great training resources since 15 years of age to a click of a finger.

Go figure.

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1 hour ago, The heart beats true said:

Exactly, why not phase it out over a 3 year period beginning from last year, and allow each club to select one player in that 3 year window under the old rules - and everyone else under the new rules? Cutting it off completely just means some clubs got a massive leg up, and others didn’t. A phased approach allows for consistency.

To be fair to the AFL I believe it is being phased. It was no change last year, top 20 picks this year and top 40 picks next year.

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1 hour ago, Lord Travis said:

Brilliant. Rule changes working wonders for us ?

Meanwhile other clubs benefits with multiple first round picks for bugger all cost. Such a broken system and frustrating that it starts getting corrected right when we’d finally benefit!

MFCSS has to exist for a reason and there is another one.

Just typical.

I still hold hope that he won't go top 20.  I can't see a very tall, skinny kid like that ( 70 kgs ), playing for a couple of years.  There are other kids in the  draft possibly ready to go in the AFL and several clubs may not have the need for a developing ruckman.

Can you imagine explaining to your members that you took a kid top 20, that might need 2-3 years before he is ready to play.That is usually the late picks and rookie picks for that type of player.

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16 minutes ago, dazzledavey36 said:

We've probably had Mac since he was 14-15 in our junior academy system.

Last year he trained a couple of times with the club in the off season, as did all our other current academy players like Kobi George and  Ryan Koo Kwet Kim from Dandenong Stringrays. 

Unfortunately due to the new rule change,  we are about to lose a gun player that we've helped support and provide great training resources since 15 years of age to a click of a finger.

Go figure.

I am confident the rule wouldn't have changed if the NGA player was tied to the Cats or Saints.

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8 minutes ago, Grimes Times said:

To be fair to the AFL I believe it is being phased. It was no change last year, top 20 picks this year and top 40 picks next year.

Well, if we thought Mac was a real talent, I hope we lobbied to exclude players that maybe clubs had already put years into, spending considerable time and resources.

I haven't seen any other player mentioned this year, as an NGA player going top 20, that would affect another club.

Great then that it comes into play, after other clubs have reaped the benefit.

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22 minutes ago, Grimes Times said:

To be fair to the AFL I believe it is being phased. It was no change last year, top 20 picks this year and top 40 picks next year.

Oh well in that case, congrats to the AFL for creating the perception of a fair rule change, while still managing to screw over Melbourne in the process. ?

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NGA system had massive issues from the start, it was only brought in to shut up Eddie and Co.  No idea on this kid, raw with potential from what you read some will have him top 20 others from 20-40 range.

The club really needs to spend time developing potential Father Son/Daughters, there is no incentive to have a NGA with the new rules unless you are a club in NSW and QLD

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