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The Delisted Free Agent Thread


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There's normally a thread for the delisted free agents, so thought I should kick this years off and whether there's anything worth looking at that could suit our needs.

https://www.afl.com.au/trade/list-changes

For me, in order of what catches my interests.

1. Lochie O'Brien. - With Hibberd retiring, Deakyn Smith being delisted and Joel Smith being moved forward, we suddenly have a lack of rebounding defenders. Lochie O'Brien could fill this void. Traditionally a wing, but has spent time at half back. A good runner with a decent left foot could be worth a look.

2. Tim O'Brien - Former Hawk turned Bulldog started as a forward who often played 2nd ruck before switching to the Dogs as a defender. We know how many key position players the Dogs have, so could we recruit O'Brien as Max's back up who could also play either end at Casey when not in the seniors, allowing plenty of opportunity for Verrell and Farris-White to develop their ruck skills in the VFL?

3. Brynn Teakl - Ruckman from Port. Played some senior football this year and is a mature body. Could be the understudy to Max we need, though personally I'm not that big a wrap.

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Only ones that catch my interest are Nathan Wilson. Not sure if he has injuries but he’s 30 and provides run off HB and a great long accurate which we lack 

Also Riley Bonner is a solid defender if we want cover for Hibbo going

 

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9 minutes ago, DubDee said:

Only ones that catch my interest are Nathan Wilson. Not sure if he has injuries but he’s 30 and provides run off HB and a great long accurate which we lack 

Also Riley Bonner is a solid defender if we want cover for Hibbo going

 

Wilson was great before he went to Freo. Not sure what happened to him. Injuries or just Freo?

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1 hour ago, Roger Mellie said:

Wilson was great before he went to Freo. Not sure what happened to him. Injuries or just Freo?

just freo, drafter young chapamn and recruited clark immediately after wilson

 

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slim pickings based on the above

tim o'brien will be 30 by the time the next season rolls around; could he be our new mitch brown?

brynn teakle's main skill would appear to be being tall - if we were interested it'd be rookie list for a year, you'd think, just to kick the tyres; at sanfl level he barely averages 10 possessions, 11 hit-outs a game

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All aboard the Teakle train.

Oscar Adams got the chop from the Saints, young key defender with good physical traits. Wouldn’t mind having him train with the club to see if he has something to prove.

Flynn Perez is a player I’ve generally liked. Good size, good skills. 2 ACLs have hurt his development but there’s some class to him. I assume North think he’s a bit position-less. 

Bonner is an ok half back flank but is too much of a one way player for even Port. Not quick or skilled enough to really be a weapon, I’d rather go for a lockdown defender. 

Isiah Winder has talent, could do better out of Perth and in a stronger team?

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Dees probably won’t go near any DFAs.  We should pickup 4 youngsters through the draft (including Brown) and target 2 mature age recruits through trade/free agency.

Perhaps Dees might have 1-2 train on over the summer in case of a potential list spot availability.  If we lost Harmes (as well as Jordon and Dunstan), I’d have a look at Jack Bytel from the Saints.  He’s a good young player but injury has stopped over past few seasons. When he’s been fit, he’s shown enough to impress. But if Harmesy stays then I wouldn’t look at Bytel.  Another wildcard thought is injury hit youngster Flynn Perez from Kangas.  Showed his talent in 2022 and was a good outside mid runner with good skills in left and right sides. Not sure what happened in 2023 (form? Injury?) maybe an invite to train at best.   

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Would Jacob Edwards the former number #1 pick in the 2021 Mid-Season AFL Draft be worth giving another chance?

He is a 204cm forward-ruck who was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Obviously, it would be a long-shot....but we could at least add him to the rookie list as a backup ruckman?

Jacob Edwards definitely has football talent.

As can be seen from his highlights video below:

 

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7 hours ago, Supreme_Demon said:

Would Jacob Edwards the former number #1 pick in the 2021 Mid-Season AFL Draft be worth giving another chance?

He is a 204cm forward-ruck who was delisted by the Kangaroos.

Obviously, it would be a long-shot....but we could at least add him to the rookie list as a backup ruckman?

Jacob Edwards definitely has football talent.

As can be seen from his highlights video below:

 

There were massive wraps on him when he was drafted - surprised he hasn’t made an impact. (Also possibly just the afl media getting carried away during the midseason draft).

Heard some Nth fans questioning his effort, otherwise have heard very little.

 

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Trent Bianco axed by Pies. Behind too many similar players.  He had a good under 18s career and looked good for them in 2021 and 2022, but seemed to lack opportunities this year despite his strong VFL form. We probably have plenty of similar types although I do admit he seemed like a one grab player with good skills and ability to kick a goal.  Maybe another possible invite/train on summer option. 

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2 hours ago, spirit of norm smith said:

Trent Bianco axed by Pies. Behind too many similar players.  He had a good under 18s career and looked good for them in 2021 and 2022, but seemed to lack opportunities this year despite his strong VFL form. We probably have plenty of similar types although I do admit he seemed like a one grab player with good skills and ability to kick a goal.  Maybe another possible invite/train on summer option. 

Short and slow, can only play on the wing because his lack of pace everywhere else is a killer. 

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The one I’d look at from the Pies is Trey Ruscoe. He’s a bit of a character but he’s a good size, decent athlete and can win the ball.

I think he’d make a nice back pocket option should we need to cover McVee. Or the undersized third tall role Hibbo played this year.

We’re light on for defensive depth and his VFL form was strong.

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13 hours ago, DeeSpencer said:

The one I’d look at from the Pies is Trey Ruscoe. He’s a bit of a character but he’s a good size, decent athlete and can win the ball.

I think he’d make a nice back pocket option should we need to cover McVee. Or the undersized third tall role Hibbo played this year.

We’re light on for defensive depth and his VFL form was strong.

Light for midfield depth too,  and we are going to have at least 5-6 spots to fill, so outside the draft these type of players are important to get so we have some AFL standard in the reserves.

Some people need to realise that clubs pick these guys up hoping they actually never play AFL.  Like Dunstan.

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1 hour ago, FrothiesLiam said:

I think will Gould from the swans would be a good pick up as a DFA late first/early second round pick in his draft hasn't had much opportunity could be good depth 

He has been starved of chances but likely he’ll go to Crows or Power and try to restart his career. I would agree to have interest if we had moved Tomlinson on.  But it’s not a need as we have Adams coming through and potentially will look at a young KPD (O’Sullivan or Murphy) in this draft around 10-12 pick. 

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Not delisted yet but anyone for Ned Long? Still uncontracted at the Hawks. 

Not pacy but a huge body for a young mid and decent VFL form. Good endurance, good agility.

Reckon we could do worse for cheap midfield depth to cover Harmes, JJ and Dunstan.

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Out-of-contract Hawk Lachie Bramble has been told to wait for a decision on his future. Bramble is quick.  Sometimes I think we need another fast mover in the outside. Similar to Markov at the Pies.  Very much a line breaker.  Plays a physical style of footy.  He seemed to be overlooked by the Hawks due to Jiath and Scrimshaw playing the half back roles, and younger guys like Macdonald on the wing.  

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14 hours ago, whatwhat say what said:

has not played more than 12 games a season in four years

his body lets him down time and time again

He finally got his body right this year and was dominating the VFL.

not expecting him to be our best midfielder, but depth. no many better options out there

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