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  1. It's called a belt and braces approach. If something had happened in the meantime and he changed his mind, or some other event occurred they clearly needed to have some backup. Yes, it's fun to crapp on Essendon but there is a lot of other better material to use.
  2. Red Essendon said from day one that they wanted an experienced coach. Brad Scott, who I don't really like, coached NM pretty successfully for a good period of time and got good results whilst severely hamstrung by lack of TPP funds. He's been in the industry all his life. He's headed footy for the AFL and he's competing against blokes that have never coached at senior level in the AFL. They've done their due diligence over a long period and decided, given that other senior coaches have declined to coach and Hird is just too controversial, that Scott is their man if they can get him to agree. He says yes so why wait? It's a no brainer and whilst it's nice to crapp on Essendon they've done exactly the right thing. Do you think NM made Clarko go through an interview process and prove himself? Na, Essendon did the right thing and I think the other applicants would have known that if Scott said yes they would miss.
  3. Unlike most I'm in favour of Hunt leaving. If he's "best 22" then it's only just best 22. We have Bowey, Rivers, Hibbo and Salem who are all capable best 22 players to cover him and I have more faith in Smith than most. Smith clearly has injury issues but I think at least he has significant upside which is far in excess of Hunt's. With the WCE offer we'd have to pay a reasonable amount for a player who is not vital to our team and probably for a significantly longer period than we want to. Not only that but Hunt has clear faults in his game which are not offset by his pace. If we are to improve, we must look to improve our bottom 6 whilst also adding top end talent. Moving Hunt on just replenishes the list, provides opportunities and a career path to plays from Casey and helps our TPP situation. Having said all that, I'll be disappointed to see him go and wish him the best in the west.
  4. In my view the key factor that is being missed, or ignored, in much of this discussion is the most important question - what is Grundy worth to us? Many thought we paid too much for May and Lever. Nobody thought that in October last year. We are not privy to the "deal", if in fact there is one yet. We don't know the structure of Grundy's salary, we don't know the extent or impact of his injury on his likely future performance and we don't know what his role will be in the team and how we plan to use him and Gawny next year. We don't know how banged up Gawny is. What we do know is we've made excellent decisions in the past (Langdon, May, Lever, Melksham, Hibberd, Watts, Hogan) and there is little reason to doubt what we do this year. Whatever we give up for Grundy will not be based on how it will help Collingwood, it will be based on how it will help us. Many, understandably, think we have Collingwood over a barrell and want to screw them to the wall. But I don't think we do business like that, I think we'll look at what we need and we'll pay a price to get it that we are happy with. We are not going to be too worried about whether we give up (say) pick 20 or 30 for Grundy because the reality is we know we need him we won't lose that deal for 10 spots in the draft.
  5. Yep that makes sense. Let's get Adam's $500,000 off the books for one year and pay Grundy and extra $300,000 for 5 years so we only have to give Collingwood a 3rd rounder.
  6. The only difference is we are a better club now and never put Dogga in front of the media. But I’ll leave it there. Most will understand.
  7. Personally I think eye gauging is close to the worst sin in footy. If Berry did it deliberately I'd ban him for a season.
  8. If they pulled the pin on Jackson having offered a significant deal then they lose all cred and no player manager or player would consider them in future.
  9. Everyone seems to be forgetting Andy Moniz Wakefield. I think he has huge potential to be a very dangerous forward and has more chance of becoming a valuable AFL player than Bedford and Chandler.
  10. Thanks for your help Stu. I contacted LG to ask if I could change the Hertz on my TV but you can't. But they told me to change a setting to a thing call "AI" to off and change the aspect ratio to "original". The replays are now at least watchable. I've put this info here to help anyone else who is in the same boat. I contacted LG thru their online chat feature and they were prompt and very helpful. Thanks for everyone's comments and help.
  11. Thanks everyone. The picture is perfect other than the ball in flight where it ghosts and at time almost disappeared. I’ll contact Kayo again for some advice. I thought I’d come to the experts first! I don’t think Kayo will be able to help.
  12. It makes no difference if I set the Kayo quality to HD. My speed tests tell me I've got 52mbps download speed. It's very annoying.
  13. Thanks everyone. I have a download test speed of 52mps so I don't think this is the issue. I have Kayo through my TV and Apple TV with the same issues. What confuses me is that some people have this issue and others don't and my TV is supposed to be a good one. Very frustrating.
  14. I'm looking for some help. I have Kayo and have noticed that the quality of the replays on my TV are very poor in that the ball "ghosts" all the time and is hard to follow in flight. I have adjusted the Kayo quality to the highest setting but the problem still exists. I've also played round with the TV picture settings with no success. Also the 50m lines and centre square lines often get blurred and appear as a green and white zebra stripe. Does anyone else have this problem when watching the replays on their TV and more importantly does anyone have a fix? The issue only applies to replays but not to broadcasts where the picture is very good. Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
  15. Grundy is contracted so he gets to choose where he goes. GWS (say) might make the best offer but Grundy can just say “Melbourne or I stay”. If Collingwood want to move him on it’s Grundy’s choice if and where he goes.
  16. I wrote him off too but he has been very good for us this season. Having said that I wouldn't offer him another year. He has shown signs of panic this year on field which is a sign that the end is approaching. Lewis and Yze are two that struggled when they went too long. He's also had calf issues which as we know is an "old man's" issue. So at best he's got a year in him I reckon. But more than that we have two young kids at Casey in Bowser and Rivers, who will be long term players for us, and Hibbo is keeping one of them out. I don't want to be like Geelong who lost Jordan Clark because they "couldn't fit him in". I accept I'm probably in the small minority here, but I think saying farewell half a season too early is better than keeping him perhaps one season too much. He's been a fantastic player for us whenever he leave will be fondly remembered.
  17. Cameron was a RFA, Jackson isn't. He can't choose his club.
  18. But they have a lot we would want. Young, Serong, Chapman, Henry, Amiss to name a few plus their first rounder. I know they don't want to deal those players but that could get the deal done so suggesting they "just can't" isn't right. WCE sit in the wings. PSD is an option for us. They've rated Jackson very highly based on their reported offer to him. I'd play hard ball. WCE have pick 2. Freo, it's in your hands.
  19. What a difference a bit of success makes, we can even wish someone who turns their back on us "all the best". Each to his own. However IF HE LEAVES FOR FREO I'll not wish him all the best and I'll forever think of him as being disloyal to a club that did everything for him. We used pick 3 on what many was thought to be a speculative pick. It was a gamble and a huge investment. He came to a great well run club with a culture second to none. He trained with the best - Maxy. We coached him to a rising star. We put a premiership medal round his neck. We've treated him exceptionally well and with dignity. Our reward? See ya later boys and by the way, I want to go to Freo where your chances of getting reasonable compensation is much less than if I went to WCE where pick 2 would be part of the deal. But I'm sorry, I'm homesick. Sorry, that doesn't wash with me and whilst others might accept it "because he's a nice kid" I won't. Compare that with Scully, the boy who was and stilll is vilified by this site. He came to a totally dysfunctional club. We had a split in the FD the size of the Grand Canyon. We had no culture, we had no professionalism and the players had no ambition. We treated him appallingly. We had every man and his dog at the club constantly asking him what he was doing and we put him in front of the media on multiple occasions to face questions about his future. We even asked him to stay for our sick President. He got a grandfather offer from a new club, an offer no other club would match and he wanted out after what he saw and what we did to him. And he had specific illnesses in the family that he wanted to provide for. Any manager would have told him to go. He did and we paid out on a kid we'd done nothing for when he made a sound professional decision. And guess what, he was right to take it because he wasn't all that good as a footballer and the money he got was a once in a lifetime opportunity. But we vilified him anyway because he was someone we were falsely told could carry us to success and he disappointed us. So for me Jackson is disloyal because he leaves a great club for little reason. Scully left a dysfunctional club for good reason. And to finish. If Freo offer peanuts I'd have no hesitation of saying no, Jacko can go into the PSD. He'll end up at WCE and if that's our position Jacko why don't we deal with WCE because if we don't you may end up at NM. Jackson's trade is the same as Dangerfield, Kelly, Judd and Cameron. He's being offered as much by Freo meaning they value him at that level. You can't have it both ways. Give us something really meaningful or you just don't get him. Over to you.
  20. Ham, it’s an opinion. It’s a great talking point and starts good discussion. If you don’t like it put your opinion here. If it’s abusive most will dismiss it. If it’s intelligent most will respect it.
  21. Given your high degree of moral feeling on this you'll be conflicted if he comes won't you? What will you do? Personally I believe in forgiveness and would welcome him so long as the indigenous boy were good with it. It's their feelings that matter. And boy he'd add to our team.
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