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In an ideal world, no injuries...

does Brayshaw go back to the wing when Salem returns, or stay at half back where another defender is dropped instead? 
 

who'd be most vulnerable? Keen to hear thoughts 

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8 minutes ago, DemonLad5 said:

In an ideal world, no injuries...

does Brayshaw go back to the wing when Salem returns, or stay at half back where another defender is dropped instead? 
 

who'd be most vulnerable? Keen to hear thoughts 

I would leave him at half back at least initially to see how it works with Salo. JJ is holding his own on the wing and Rivers whilst not coasting would be the one in danger if this is the case, 

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Based on form, Gus remains down back and Salem replaces Rivers. Hunt has done some great jobs on small forwards, and deserves to retain his spot. JJ has also been excellent on the wing.

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I think we have to use Salem at HF - The Lionel Messi of MFC. 

He can push up to the wings and be the link between our defence and forward line. Using ANB and Salem could allow us to attack from multiple positions and provide an alternative route to goal if Lingers is getting. Tagged.  
 

Not suggesting we do this now as I’m not sure you can just change a role midway through a season but should be looked at in preseason. 
 

For this year, hard call but we shouldn’t just drop Rivers - he needs to learn and develop. Maybe Gus moves into the midfield rotation ? 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, CYB said:

I think we have to use Salem at HF - The Lionel Messi of MFC. 

He can push up to the wings and be the link between our defence and forward line. Using ANB and Salem could allow us to attack from multiple positions and provide an alternative route to goal if Lingers is getting. Tagged.  
 

Not suggesting we do this now as I’m not sure you can just change a role midway through a season but should be looked at in preseason. 
 

For this year, hard call but we shouldn’t just drop Rivers - he needs to learn and develop. Maybe Gus moves into the midfield rotation ? 

 

 

Then who would you drop?

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For me it’s still Hunt if they want to leave Gus at HBF, Hunt is shutting a player down, but previously Rivs did that and Bowser has too. But if they want them both then JJ is the one who might drop out if Gus goes back to a wing.

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1 hour ago, adonski said:

Bowza to the wing

But ultimately I think Riv may come out :'(

His kicking out of defence is far too valuable for him to be moved alsewhere.

Agree that Riv has not been at the top of his game recently and may be at risk of a rest.

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Gus 100% stays where he is. It’s a move that has worked way better than anyone thought.
 

Rivers/Bowey/Hunt will want to keep playing. One of them will come out for Salem imo. If it was 4 weeks it’d be an easy decision as Hunt was playing poorly but he has done very well the last few weeks

a tough call for sure 

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Just now, loges said:

In Salem out Rivers

This. Unfortunately Rivers is the most dispensable down back, although he does do a good shut down role. 
Gus stays back and Salem replaces Rivers. 
Depending on form and fitness I wouldn’t be totally against trying Rivers on a wing alternating with JJ as he has good pace and a booming kick. Not sure he has the endurance however. 

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It is Jordon vs Rivers, strong arguments for both to stay, and both stiff. I am slightly in favour of Gus stays back, Jordon dropped and Salem to the wing/HF role. I know Gus is a Right foot kick, but he gets a few away with his left, and Salem is a true left footer, so both stacked on one side could be a nice package.

I really like @CYB idea about HF, I actually think our kick/delivery to inside 50 has been a tiny bit messy (only in comparison to the slick machine we are everywhere else) and think Salem could be the Travis Johnstone 2006 of the Wing/ HF line.

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8 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

This. Unfortunately Rivers is the most dispensable down back, although he does do a good shut down role. 
Gus stays back and Salem replaces Rivers. 
Depending on form and fitness I wouldn’t be totally against trying Rivers on a wing alternating with JJ as he has good pace and a booming kick. Not sure he has the endurance however. 

I just had a look at Time On Ground percentages of our small/medium sized defenders, and Rivers is significantly the lowest:

Hunt 86%

Bowey 78%

Rivers 72%

 

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35 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

This. Unfortunately Rivers is the most dispensable down back, although he does do a good shut down role. 
Gus stays back and Salem replaces Rivers. 
Depending on form and fitness I wouldn’t be totally against trying Rivers on a wing alternating with JJ as he has good pace and a booming kick. Not sure he has the endurance however. 

At first it’s seems the obvious choice but I don’t think we need 3 HB flankers in the backline. Rivers is a general shut down defender whilst the other 3 are playing a HB role. 
 

Not saying it won’t work but it’ll mean another changed role which isn’t necessary as we have Rivers playing his role. 
 

But the big positive is just how versatile Gus is. I’m now 100% convinced we cannot afford to let him go anywhere , not even when we have passed our window. His footy IQ is just awesome.

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24 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

This. Unfortunately Rivers is the most dispensable down back, although he does do a good shut down role. 
Gus stays back and Salem replaces Rivers. 
Depending on form and fitness I wouldn’t be totally against trying Rivers on a wing alternating with JJ as he has good pace and a booming kick. Not sure he has the endurance however. 

I’m a big Rivers fan. His grand final performance was remarkably unheralded. Didn’t make a mistake. I can’t see him being pushed out. JJ the most likely vulnerable.

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2 hours ago, The Stigga said:

Wherever he wants, one of the highest IQ footballers I've seen

 

 

Musk was devastated when he chose us over SpaceX.

He told Elon “ it’s not rocket science mate.”

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