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PODCAST: Jason Taylor Interview


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I'm interviewing the Melbourne Football Club Recruitment Manager Jason Taylor early next week on the Demonland Podcast.

I'll be asking him about moving up the draft order, our new recruits (both Draftees and Trades), Daniel Curtin, our recent recruits who have yet to play a senior game, who he thinks will be the next Judd McVee and more.

If you have any further questions let me know below and I'll see if I can squeeze them in.

I will release the podcast either Monday or Tuesday.

We'll be aiming to do a 2023 Season Review (Men and Women) as well as give our thoughts on the Trade & Draft period in the coming weeks. Look out for a thread soon where we will open it up for questions from Demonlanders.

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When do you get holidays? 

At what age bracket do you and the team start looking for future talent?

Does the draft camp and testing really provide anything else that you don't already know? And would anything from it dissuade you from a particular player?

How many do you have on your team these days?

Do you seek or get direct intel from the U18 competition coaches/teams?

 

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Really good set of talking points already,  if you get good answers to those questions it will be a great interview. Just some ideas off the top of my head:

- Windsor: can he play on ball, half back/forward, how’s his contested footy, how do they track his game running/tank

- Tholstrup: how do they compare WAFL seniors to the kids in juniors? Was he heavily on the radar with his Colts form in 2022.

- Progress of the young talls
- Ruck depth
- the midfield succession plan with Rivers, Pickett, Bowey, confidence they can evolve their games 
- Shrinking draft classes and whether that’s related to the list sizes and if they should be expanded back to pre covid levels
- lack of long term injuries costing them the ability to make mid season picks 
- The impact of ever increasing running demands and how that shrinks the draft pool 

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8 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

There was some confusion between DL folk on the round trip to Esperance last week.
Can Jason please confirm the exact KMs covered? 

And we have heard several times there was a lovely roast cooked. Was it beef or lamb?

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My question would be about the Demons habit of following up on players they studied from previous drafts, and if there are any players he particularly wishes we'd been able to recruit this year and might monitor in coming years?

Also, there's a free-agency bounty coming through in the next few years, ranging from two big rucks in 2024 (English, Darcy) through to a swarm of mids (Brayshaw, Rayner, McGrath, LDU, Worpel), and even Oscar Allen.

How is our salary cap position looking - do we have the realistic option of making a play for some of those top-level and still young restricted free agents?

Also... ruck depth...

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1 hour ago, george_on_the_outer said:

When do you get holidays? 

At what age bracket do you and the team start looking for future talent?

Does the draft camp and testing really provide anything else that you don't already know? And would anything from it dissuade you from a particular player?

How many do you have on your team these days?

Do you seek or get direct intel from the U18 competition coaches/teams?

 

Great questions George, particularly the third one re do shrewd recruiters learn anything new at draft camp. 

54 minutes ago, Bay Riffin said:

The 2022 draft class have yet to debut. What are the expectations on them coming into their second season next year ?

 

Reminder its Jefferson, Adams. Verrall, Sestan

And also ask re AMV  and Howes.  

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Now that he’s found some footskills, will Goody actually pick them?

More seriously, what was the brief for this years draft period?

Does he think the game has shifted from the bigger bulls and is speed the next hot thing?

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1/ How much input does Goody have in the drafting process?  Obviously some, but does JT have the "final say"?

2/ where do Bailie Laurie and Blake Howes  stand now given the two picks this year, Viking and Windsor?

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6&11 are in that awkward range where you have a fair idea of which teams would select which players but no certainty.  Did they draft order play out as expected or were there some surprises?

It did look on the coverage, that the crows were genuinely shocked and happy to get curtain trading up to GWS pick.

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