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I might be on my lonesome here, but I would think he'd at least be considering retirement.

The fact that we're a little light in his position could save him, but he's been below his best all year and if everyone stays fit, I can see him playing a lot of footy at Casey next year.

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59 minutes ago, Pinball Wizard said:

Michael Hibberd is one of three Demons, along with Marty Hore and mid-season draftee Kye Declase, not locked in for 2022.

What are we waiting for?

There is always the chance that now he has a premiership medallion he may be considering whether he wants to continue playing.

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1 hour ago, Pinball Wizard said:

Michael Hibberd is one of three Demons, along with Marty Hore and mid-season draftee Kye Declase, not locked in for 2022.

What are we waiting for?

It has been reported a couple of times that he’ll get a one year deal. Not sure what the hold up is. Maybe some manager negotiations?

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4 minutes ago, Pinball Wizard said:

Michael Hibberd is one of three Demons, along with Marty Hore and mid-season draftee Kye Declase, not locked in for 2022.

What are we waiting for?

Maybe a Hibbo retirement and a Hore delisting.

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Still think he's probably weighing up his decision and the club aren't in any rush. But out of all our fringe one year deal players it would make a fair amount of sense to drop Hibbo back to the rookie list rather than a young player who then becomes a free agent for life. Ie. James Jordon last year.

That's not something they've done with guys like Jetta and Jones, but it might be a factor.

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21 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

Still think he's probably weighing up his decision and the club aren't in any rush. But out of all our fringe one year deal players it would make a fair amount of sense to drop Hibbo back to the rookie list rather than a young player who then becomes a free agent for life. Ie. James Jordon last year.

That's not something they've done with guys like Jetta and Jones, but it might be a factor.

Yep. Chandler and jordan need to move to the senior list. 

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3 hours ago, Cheesy D. Pun said:

but he's been below his best all year

Disagree strongly. Yes he dropped off big time last eight games but he came into the team late this year and hit the ground running. Played some blinders early on including making dusty look like a second rate player.

Yes hes long in the tooth but still worth another year for sure.

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3 hours ago, Redleg said:

Maybe a Hibbo retirement and a Hore delisting.

Why would you delist Hore....is it room or form?

Thought he was excellent in the few games hes played.

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Form my own observations from afar, part of me has a sense Hibbo may struggle next season and right now might be a good oppertunity for him to go out on top.  However I'm sure that Hibbo and the club know his body and desire to go again much better than us mere mortal supporters.

In the scenario that he goes on Hibbo's senior appearances next season are limited much like Jones and Jetta this year, I'd be ok with that too.  He isn't that senior and we are nowhere near as top heavy as alot of teams and I'm sure that Hibbo would provide valuable leadership to who ever we are developing down at Casey and around the team in general.  For instance, I get the sense that having Jetta around this season was really important to Kossie and I'm sure there are others for whom Hibbo could play that mentoring role.

Quite asides from his valuable contributions to our premiership season this year, Hibbo has always been a hard as nails, heart and soul type of player for the MFC during a time when we were still building a winning culture.  For a number of years before Lever and May, he was both a rock and awsome rebounder out of defense.  His gut running back to cover our defense epitomizes the 'selfless' spirt the team has embraced and he is fully deserving of the respect that it appears he is being afforded.

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A lot of predictions from the playing group that he was a certainty to be best on in the celebrations.

Quite likely he’s still drunk, and not legally fit to sign contract. Can’t blame him. Been throw it the last couple of years.

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1 hour ago, The heart beats true said:

A lot of predictions from the playing group that he was a certainty to be best on in the celebrations.

Quite likely he’s still drunk, and not legally fit to sign contract. Can’t blame him. Been throw it the last couple of years.

 

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3 hours ago, leave it to deever said:

Disagree strongly. Yes he dropped off big time last eight games but he came into the team late this year and hit the ground running. Played some blinders early on including making dusty look like a second rate player.

Yes hes long in the tooth but still worth another year for sure.

He hasn't really lost the ability to defend or even read the game but players like Rivers and Hunt have added that defensive stuff to their game while maintaining some level of line-breaking involvement.

I think if he wants to go on, they'll give him a year. Particularly given our stated aim to maintain/add experience. I'm not against that at all. 

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3 hours ago, The heart beats true said:

A lot of predictions from the playing group that he was a certainty to be best on in the celebrations.

Quite likely he’s still drunk, and not legally fit to sign contract. Can’t blame him. Been throw it the last couple of years.

What a champ, give him a 10 year deal. the club needs leadership like that to help us through winning the next 8 flags in a row 

 

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This is such a closely knit bunch that you couldn’t see anyone wanting to give it away at this point. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t continue for another 12 months. The need for some flexibility in dealing with the list and availability of players to come in will probably mean that Hore and Declase will be delisted. One or both could be offered a place depending on how things work out at  draft time.

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Hibberd seems like an ideal post-2020 'playing assistant coach' type. All the enthusiasm and all the determination. Provides support which lets the coaches within soft-cap limits focus on their most crucial duties.

Plus, he's proven himself to not be easily written off.

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I don't see why Hibbo wouldn't want to continue on next year, he's waited all his footballing life for success and now its stairing him right in the face.

Not at anytime this year did he lose one on one battles with his direct opponent.

If you noticed during the Grand Final especially Johannison was taking him to the square and Hibbo never wilted once, he won 3-4 crucial 1on 1 battles and still has his pace. 

Might not play the way he did as a rebounding defender but we have others to play that running role eg. Bowser, Hunty, Salem etc.

Might not play 18-22 games for the whole season, 12-16 might be his sweet spot, but anyone who shows during a season they can take Dusty to the cleaners deserves everyone's respect.

The lure of a Grand Final on the MCG might be the swansong he is long craving for along with the rest of the group.

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On 10/17/2021 at 10:25 AM, Cheesy D. Pun said:

I might be on my lonesome here, but I would think he'd at least be considering retirement.

The fact that we're a little light in his position could save him, but he's been below his best all year and if everyone stays fit, I can see him playing a lot of footy at Casey next year.

Halfway through the last quarter I actually said "I reckon Hibberd will retire after this".  

I wouldn't be surprised if he did, but happy for him to sign on for another year.  

 

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