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Very exciting news for the club. For Howes to break into the backline he must be very highly regarded by the FD. Billings and Windsor seem like natural and complementary fits to our crash and bash. All with a healthy Clarry returning. Team balance feels on point at the moment.

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28 minutes ago, binman said:

All big ticks for clarry.

But also a massive tick for the club, how it has handled this situation, and yes its culture.

And a massive cross for the media and the media model.

Slam us for months with all the preseason from hell and salacious innuendo bulltish. Drive a narrative not supported by the facts. All's fair in clicks and war.

And then don't balance that with any retractions or contrary stories and information.

Sure, when clarry gets back and we are travellimg ok there will be a few token redemption stories, good for clicks.

But they won't come close to balancing out all the slanderous, false narrative rubbish the media has thrown at the club for the last five months.

By the by, Sammy is one of the few footy journalists I respect. He has been a lone voice of balance and non hyperbole. Good on him.

Yet they are accountable to no one, If not encouraged by the toxic system they exist in. Even with our understanding of mental health and how hard it can be for young men in the spotlight being dragged through nonsense rumour and innuendo. The best thing we can all do is turn it off which is the only way they will be held accountable and or forced to change.

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1 hour ago, Bring Back Barassi said:

Loved Jacko, followed him from end to end every quarter, possibly the most offbeat and entertaining Dee of all time.

That said… his bark was infinitely more frightening than his bite

Shaping up to rugged Ronnie Andrew’s?

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6 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Doesn't Goodwin have a policy of not picking debutants as the sub?

at least with the new system there is a higher chance of the sub being used than the medical sub days  (Just dont think about the Semi Final)

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22 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

Doesn't Goodwin have a policy of not picking debutants as the sub?

Policy might be too strong a word.

I mean he might have said it at some point, but surely it's not set in stone.

BDJ is the logical sub imo given he started against the tigers, was the sub against the blues and there is no obvious best, or borderline best, 22 available (with the possible exception of woey I guess).

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6 minutes ago, Roost it far said:

I’m a little disappointed AMW doesn’t seem to have taken the next step. I’m not a huge Chandler fan and was hoping to see AMW really step up this year. 

Hardly had a pre season again, has just come back to match play 

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New players to watch.  A bit if a surprise 

but it’s live on ABC Australia in Bali

so I can sit back and watch. Feet up 

Bintang ready.  Go Dees

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52 minutes ago, MrFreeze said:

Very exciting news for the club. For Howes to break into the backline he must be very highly regarded by the FD. Billings and Windsor seem like natural and complementary fits to our crash and bash. All with a healthy Clarry returning. Team balance feels on point at the moment.

Moving Salem was vital, for both Salo and the midfield balance, after which if not Howes there really isn’t anyone else right now. I’m not sure Howes is ready to be a permanent fixture, iffy at the contest and doesn’t get enough of it. But he has huge upside so I can see why they want to get games in to him. 

Unless we go slower with Hore I don’t know what our next best option is for half back. Woey, Tholstrup, Billings, Hunter?

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1 hour ago, Redleg said:

Have had opposition supporters saying they have inside info he won’t play all year.

I have been replying all summer without any inside info, that he will play first round if his fitness is ok and Medical people have no issue.

Hopefully he plays and has a great season and sticks it up the whole AFL media and opposition.

Clarrie for Brownlow would really stick it to the media pack of hyenas

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4 minutes ago, DutchDemons said:

I hope all the supporters get around Clarry. Our most important player, club champion multiple times, has been through public hell and deserves a lot of love from the Dees faithful.

An arguable claim. You may be correct, but I'm sure others would support Gawn, Petracca, Viney and May as other contenders for the title. Me? I think it's Gawn for his play plus his leadership.

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1 hour ago, binman said:

Brown Dog Junior (BDJ) will be super sub (opinion not fact).

I agree, bring him on for some pace and footy smarts late in the game, the others will tire from the first hit up for the season. The Pup will be untouchable at that stage.

My other guess for sub is TMac, versatility to cover if a key position player is injured.

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58 minutes ago, YesitwasaWin4theAges said:

IMO i reckon it might be Fullerton as Sub.

Fullarton is bit underdone, and as as he is new to club would have had to pick up our new structures and roles quickly.

Though, not without a chance.

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Some mock drafts had Howes going in the top 20, and almost all in the top 30 prior to his draft when we grabbed him at 39. So he has 'pedigree'. He was emergency in 2022 before his stress fracture.

Could be our next Jordon type... second rounder who was had to mature and wait for a chance.

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Simon Goodwin has said:

Howes and Windsor to debut.

Billings and Oliver to play.

Brayshaw to take some time away from football before the club puts something in front of him.  Very pleased to hear he will be part of MFC

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