Discussion 2022: Rookie Discussion

How many $140,000 to $208,000 players do you currently own?

  • 9+

    Votes: 39 26.5%
  • 8

    Votes: 17 11.6%
  • 7

    Votes: 28 19.0%
  • 6

    Votes: 33 22.4%
  • 5

    Votes: 20 13.6%
  • 4

    Votes: 6 4.1%
  • 3

    Votes: 4 2.7%
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KFC SuperCoach AFL 2022 Rookie Bible: All the cheapies you need to know

With AFL practice matches a month and way, it’s time to devise our KFC SuperCoach rookie shortlist.
Well... a long short-list.

Money-making cheapies are the key to KFC SuperCoach success and we’ve got you covered with more than 50 profiles — including junior numbers and averages — on the best options.

A host of cash cows are already putting their hands up for selection and an AFL draft jam-packed with quality midfielders bodes well for our rookie prospects.

However, another Covid-19 interrupted year of junior football doesn’t work in our favour so much.

Find out which rookies you should be selecting below.

ADELAIDE
Josh Rachele $184,800 FWD/MID

2021 SC Ave: 129 (NAB League)

The Crows need class, skill and x-factor forward of centre, and Rachele fits the bill right away. Adelaide’s top pick has already impressed on the track and if all goes from here, will improve Matthew Nicks’ side offensively from Round 1. The 18-year-old averaged 129 KFC SuperCoach points and booted 11 goals in four games, playing as a forward, in the NAB League last year and could be worth the top-end rookie price tag as a forward.

Jackson Hately $188,700 MID
2021 SC Ave: 99 (SANFL)

Hately managed just three senior appearances in his first year at the Crows after arriving with high hopes, following some impressive numbers in limited games for GWS. But the tall midfielder, who averaged 99 points in 10 SANFL games last year, hasn’t missed a beat over summer and could get his chance in 2022. It will be great buying if - and it’s still a reasonably-sized if - he does.

Luke Pedlar $123,900 FWD/MID
2021 SC Ave: 20 (2 games), 57 (SANFL)

The first-round draft pick didn’t have a big impact in his first season at the Crows at any level. But there were glimpses in his 13-disposal debut against the Lions and the three-goal opener in the SANFL. And Pedlar, a tough ball-winner who can break away from congestion, has traits that are likely to translate to KFC SuperCoach scoring, should more chances come in a young Crows midfield.

Jake Soligo $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 114 (NAB League)

There were some comparisons made to Swan Errol Gulden around draft time, given Soligo’s foot skills, clean hands at ground level and footy IQ. And that should get the attention of all KFC SuperCoaches. The 18-year-old matched it with the bigger bodies in the VFL last year and averaged 23 disposals, 10 contested possessions and six tackles in the NAB League. Word is he’s in front of fellow draftee Zac Taylor at the moment, too.

BRISBANE
Ely Smith $123,900 FWD/MID

2021 SC Ave: 69 (VFL)

The 21-year-old spent much of the summer in KFC SuperCoach teams last year before the first of two syndesmosis injuries ruined his chances of an early-season debut. Smith, who was drafted as an inside bull before impressing as running midfielder early in 2021, played just four matches for the year – all in the VFL and none consecutive. But he’s fit and played on-ball in Brisbane’s recent match-sim – albeit in the B team.

Darcy Wilmot $139,800 DEF
2021 SC Ave: 87 (NAB League)

With the retirement of Grant Birchall, there could be an opening for the talented Wilmot who not only offers line-breaking run and neat ball-use from defence, but also a strong defensive mindset. The youngest player drafted last year – who Dayne Zorko is tipping to play AFL footy in 2022 - wasn’t a big ball-winner as a junior but he wins it back off the opposition and makes it count.


CARLTON
Charlie Curnow $224,300 FWD

2021 SC Ave: 51

A fit Charlie Curnow, who averaged 74 and 77 in his last two injury-free years – his second and third in the competition – is almost a no-brainer. And the signs are good so far this summer, but the fact is the talented forward, who played in the final four rounds of 2021, has played just 15 games since 2019. Monitor closely

Jesse Motlop $117,300 FWD
2021 SC Ave: 53 (WAFL), 71 (U18 Champs)

Small-forwards are never high on the watchlist for KFC SuperCoaches, but, after booting nine goals in eight WAFL matches last year, Motlop looks ready to step straight into a Blues line-up in need of a sublimely skilled goal-kicker. He might not post big numbers if does play, but – at this point – there aren’t many other forward bench options around at the price.

Corey Durdin $143,700 FWD
2021 SC Ave: 33 (2 games), 57 (VFL)

Motlop has arrived but Durdin could be the one to fill the Eddie Betts void first this year, after playing in the final two games of his debut season, He dominated in the midfield as a junior, with his speed, skill and footy smarts, before playing as a forward at senior level in his draft year. He’s one who could have an impact with limited possession, once he finds his feet.

Brodie Kemp $156,800 DEF
2021 SC Ave: 36 (2 games), 66 (VFL)

Carlton fans waited a long time to see Kemp in the Navy Blue after he did his ACL in his draft year. After impressing at VFL level, the versatile, 193cm 20-year-old showed some great signs in defence in Round 23, tallying 14 disposals, seven spoils, four rebound-50s and 52 points in his second career game. He can run through the midfield, and play as a forward, but he’s been, again, working with the defenders over summer.

COLLINGWOOD
Nick Daicos $193,800 MID

2021 SC Ave: 159 (NAB League)

In his five NAB League games last year, Daicos posted KFC SuperCoach scores of 177, 166, 145, 169 and 138. He was ready for AFL footy last season – even the Magpies said he probably would’ve got a game. Daicos, who averaged 36 disposals and two goals, has the versatility and skill set to be used on each line, but new coach Craig Mcrae told News Corp recently the Magpies will “try to play him across halfback and through the midfield” early in his career. Mcrae went on to described Daicos as “an elite decision maker” who “sees things others don’t”.

Finlay Macrae $206,800 MID
2021 SC Ave: 38 (9 games), 97 (VFL)

It was a frustrating first KFC SuperCoach season for Macrae, who battled for regular opportunity in Collingwood’s best 22. But he showed in spurts his elite ball-winning ability, highlighted by his 20-disposal performance in just 61 per cent game time against the Hawks in Round 21. Remind you of anyone? A consistent midfield role – one floated by Pies GM Nick Maxwell in January - for Macrae could bring a serious KFC SuperCoach spike, quickly.

Reef McInnes $123,900 MID
2021 SC Ave: 61 (VFL)

Maxwell also confirmed Collingwood wants to expose McInnes in the midfield in 2022. The big-bodied 194cm on-baller didn’t feature at senior level in his debut season but showed some great signs in the VFL. McInness, who lacks some polish by foot, tallied 19 disposals, 11 tackles and 106 points in Round 3 before finishing the year with 17 disposals, 10 contested possessions and nine clearances in his final game.

Charlie Dean $102,400 DEF
2021 SC Ave: 85 (VFL)

A mature-age intercept defender, who won the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the VFL’s best young player? Now that’s KFC SuperCoach gold as it was with Docker Luke Ryan in 2017. The ready-made Dean averaged eight intercepts and 85 KFC SuperCoach points per game for Williamstown and is a rookie lock if he can squeeze in for Round 1.

ESSENDON
Garrett McDonagh $117,300 DEF

2021 SC Ave: 84 (VFL)

You don’t pick 25-year-olds from the VFL to develop them. And Bombers list boss Adrian Dodoro confirmed just that post-draft, declaring the long-kicking defender “could possible play very early on in the piece”. McDonagh, a terrific runner who is a great ball user by foot, averaged 21 disposals, five intercepts, and five rebound-50s in the VFL last season.

Kaine Baldwin $123,800 FWD
2021 SC Ave: DNP

Baldwin join the Bombers as an SSP signing in early 2021 after being overlooked in the draft. In terms of talent, the Glenelg junior was on par with fellow South Australians Riley Thilthorpe and Lachie Jones, but two knee reconstructions saw him overlooked. He’s on the way, however, to completing a full pre-season and could be one to surprise in 2022.

Ben Hobbs $153,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 127 (NAB League)

With the return of Dylan Shiel and Jye Caldwell, coupled with the rise of Darcy Parish, it’s going to be a hard midfield to break into this year. But Hobbs is ready if there’s an opening. Taking out the injury-affected Round 4 score, the strongly-built teenager averaged 29 disposals, 13 contested possessions, six clearances, five tackles and 148 KFC SuperCoach points in the NAB League last season.
 
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FREMANTLE
Neil Erasmus $166,800 MID

201 SC Ave: 164 (WAFL Colts)

Injury interrupted his draft year but in the four WAFL Colts games he did play, Erasmus posted KFC SuperCoach scores of 204, 141, 161 and 149. As a midfielder, he averaged 28 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight marks, seven intercepts and two score assists. A game earlier, in the Colts grand final of 2020, Erasmus booted four goals on his way to 161 points as a bottom-ager, playing as a forward. And Erasmus, who is a different-sized midfielder to what the Dockers have, has been the standout draftee on the track.

Matthew Johnson $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 119 (WAFL Colts), 108 (Under 18 champs)

With senior experience and class on the outside, Johnson is another Dockers draftee a chance to have an impact in his debut season. It might not be early, given the 192cm teenager was sidelined by a fractured foot in late January, but the on-baller, who has been a great KFC SuperCoach at every level, could feature on a wing or at half-forward, as he did in the WAFL.

Nathan O’Driscoll $123,900 DEF/MID
2021 SC Ave: 66 (WAFL)

The second-year midfielder returned to pre-season training in great shape and looks set to break in at some point in 2022. O’Driscoll attacks the ball and body ferociously, but is so clean, in similar fashion to Clayton Oliver. He won 62 per cent of his possession in a contest at WAFL League level in his draft year, but he found more footy in space during his first season with Fremantle’s reserves.

GEELONG
Cooper Stephens $123,900 MID

2021 SC ave: N/A

Stephens’ start to his career has been plagued by injury, suffering an ACL injury in his draft year and struck down by an ankle blow last season. In fact, he hasn’t even played a VFL due to his setbacks, coupled with Covid-19. But the former first round draftee has a ready-made frame and a debut looms large in 2022 off the back of a strong pre-season. A 188cm inside midfielder at this price entering his third season has to be on the radar of KFC SuperCoaches.


Mitchell Knevitt $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 122 (NAB League)

Spots in the Cats midfield are hard to come by – just ask Charlie Constable – but Knevitt’s has the profile of a potential SuperCoach beast. A hulking 193cm inside midfielder with a superb speed-endurance mix, Knevitt averaged 122 points across nine matches in the NAB League, culminating in totals of 151, 136 and 165 to finish the season. Keep an eye on his progress.

GOLD COAST
Elijah Hollands $123.900 FWD/MID

2021 SC Ave: 72 (VFL)

The pick 7 from last year’s draft hasn’t played a senior game but he’s on track to feature early in 2021, after an impressive finish to his debut season at VFL level. After working his way back from an ACL tear, Hollands, an explosive 188cm midfielder who can play forward, tallied 27 disposals, 11 contested possessions, five clearances and 112 KFC SuperCoach points in his third and final game for the year.

Alex Davies $202,400 MID
2021 SC Ave: 60 (1 games), 86 (VFL)

Davies, a 191cm midfielder, is a contested-ball star, who hunts the body when he doesn’t get his hands on it first. On debut in the final round last season, Davies won 14 of his 17 possessions in a contest and applied six tackles, on his way to 62 KFC SuperCoach points. In his final four VFL matches before the season was called off, the 19-year-old Suns Academy graduate averaged 21 disposals, 14 contested possessions, seven clearances, seven tackles and 111 points. Is he the Hugh Greenwood replacement?

Charlie Constable $213,400 MID
2021 SC Ave: 48 (3 games), 120 (VFL)

The Suns also have big-bodied midfielder Constable to help fill the Greenwood void after the former Cat was given a lifeline in the national draft. Numbers have never been a problem for Constable, opportunity – and maybe what he does without the ball – has. He averaged 23 disposals and 84 points in the first six games of his career in 2019, but Constable has played just six AFL games since. The 22-year-old finished his time at the Cats with scores of 175, 132 and 146 before the VFL season was called off in 2021.

Bodhi Uwland $102,400 DEF/MID
2021 SC Ave: 141 (NAB League), 63 (VFL)

Uwland is ready to go after mixing it with the bigger bodies at VFL and QAFL level in 2021. Added to the Suns list via the club’s pre-draft concessions, the Academy gun averaged 63 points in six VFL matches, with his 19-disposal, 10-intercept, 112-point performance against Sydney the highlight. And the teenager also posted KFC SuperCoach scores of 151 and 120 in his two NAB League appearances.

GWS
Braydon Preuss $204,700 RUCK

2021 SC Ave: DNP

Preuss didn’t play a game due to injury in his first season at the Giants last year but the cheap R2 strategy could be back on. Remember, in the three games he played without Max Gawn at the Demons, Preuss posted scores of 84, 85 and 140. And in his two at North Melbourne without Todd Goldstein, he scored 111 and an injury-affected 39.

Finn Callaghan $198,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 111 (NAB League)

The rapid development of his inside game saw Callaghan bolt into the top three of last year’s draft. But we could see his speed, damaging left-foot and agility used on the outside early on in his career, given the Giants’ current midfield mix. Callaghan scored 105, 140, 132 and 138 in the his final four NAB League games but sits down the rookie pecking order, given his high price-tag - at this stage, anyway.

HAWTHORN
Josh Ward $180,300 MID

2021 SC Ave: 133 (NAB League)

An ultra-consistent midfielder in the mould of his coach, Ward posted 124 points or above in four of his five NAB League games. Ward can be used on the inside and outside and his immense work-ethic means it’ll be a matter of when, rather than if, he debuts in 2022. Sam Mitchell will look to blood more kids in the Hawks’ regenerating phase and Ward looks set to be first cab off the rank. But is it too much to pay?

Max Lynch $207,700 RUC
2021 SC Ave: 52 (AFL); 97 (VFL)

Stuck behind Brodie Grundy at the Magpies, Lynch crossed to the Hawks in the trade period for greater opportunity. The 23-year-old ruckman held his own in his two games for Collingwood last year, and finished strongly in the reserves, averaging 113.3 points in his last four matches. While Jon Ceglar is out of the equation, the question mark remains whether he can leapfrog 2021 cash cow Ned Reeves in the ruck queue – especially at the price.

Connor MacDonald $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 148 (NAB League)

MacDonald was a ball-winning machine for the Dandenong Stingrays, averaging 30 disposals, 14 contested possessions, seven inside 50s, five clearances and 148 KFC SuperCoach points per game in the NAB League last season. The inside midfielder’s professionalism should hold him in good stead as he vies for a debut, and we know the Hawks have an ageing midfield group.

Sam Butler $117,300 FWD/MID
2021 SC Ave: 98 (NAB League)

We saw small forward Tyler Brockman receive early opportunities last year and Butler, the brother of St Kilda goalsneak Dan, could be a similar case. The forward/midfielder has elite all-round athletic traits, which can see him push for selection early doors. He averaged a promising 98 points per game at NAB League level splitting his time between the forward 50 and the midfield, but will most likely start his career in attack.
 
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MELBOURNE
Jacob van Rooyen $126,300 DEF/FWD

2021 SC Ave: 132 (WAFLC), 90 (U18 Champs)

Looking for cheapies at the Demons is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but van Rooyen shapes as the best of them. The key-position swingman thrived at both ends last year, averaging a whopping 132 points and kicked 38 goals across nine WAFL Colts matches before impressing down back at national level. Don’t expect those kind of numbers from him at the top level, but he has the strength and power to put his hand up this year.

NORTH MELBOURNE
Jason Horne-Francis $207,300 MID

2021 SC Ave: 88 (SANFL)

24 disposals. 18 contested possessions. 11 clearances. 160 SuperCoach points. And 3.2. In a SANFL preliminary final – at 18! The highlights of this dominant display should ease any concerns for those who aren’t keen on starting a high-priced rookie. The No.1 draft pick should be locked and loaded for Round 1 after 29 games against grown men over the past two seasons.

PORT ADELAIDE
Sam Skinner $123,900 DEF/FWD

2021 SC Ave: 84 (21 games)

Yes, the same Sam Skinner who averaged 44.5 points in two matches for the Lions in 2020. However, this time he comes into calculations as a swingman who thrived as an intercepting defender at SANFL level last year. Skinner finished the year averaging 103.2 points from his last seven matches in the role, with the highlight being an unbelievable 10 contested mark, 147-point display. His age profile, DEF/FWD status, mature-age scoring potential are extremely promising for SuperCoach, but it’s a difficult defence to crack into.

Jackson Mead $123,900 FWD
2021 SC Ave: 77 (SANFL)

Mead missed 12 weeks and even spent time in intensive care after suffering a lacerated spleen, and the uncapped midfielder has made up for lost time this pre-season. The 20-year-old is closing in on a debut after an impressive off-season, with his sights set on an on-ball spot. Entering his third year, Mead is hungry for opportunity and shapes as one of the leading midfield rookie contenders.

Josh Sinn $157,800 DEF/MID
2021 SC Ave: 90 (NAB League)

The Power are well stocked for defenders, but Josh Sinn provides a point-of-difference with his ability to break the lines with his speed and raking left boot. The 188cm product has the potential, ready-made frame and running capacity to feature early, and he should have a friendly role across half-back. It is worth remembering that Port Adelaide gave away a prized selection to move up the order and take Sinn, and coach Ken Hinkley isn’t afraid to give the youngsters a crack.

Sam Hayes $123,900 RUC
2021 SC Ave: 100 (SANFL)

Hayes finished the SANFL season strongly last year, recording eight scores of 99 or more in his last 11 matches, including four 120-plus totals. Entering his fourth season, the ruckman is ready in the wings to make his debut and the departure of Peter Ladhams helps his cause. One of the the better cheap ruck bench options, but Scott Lycett holds the ruck mantle at the Power.

RICHMOND
Tyler Sonsie $117,300 MID

2021 SC Ave: 104 (NAB League), 64 (VFL)

Sonsie was another surprise slider on draft night, mostly due to being cruelled by injury, but his exceptional VFL debut last year makes him a player of interest in SuperCoach. The classy midfielder finished with 24 disposals, two goals and 64 points for Box Hill, showing he has the talent to perform against men.

Josh Gibcus $171,300
2021 SC Ave: 83 (NAB League)

Gibcus is the intercept king of last year’s draft, leading the NAB League in intercept marks (3.2 per game) and intercept possessions (7.9). The retirement of David Astbury opens the door for a key defender, but the Tigers may go down the same route that Hawthorn did with fellow key defender Denver Grainger-Barras last year. Nonetheless, he is one to keep tabs on.

ST KILDA
Mitch Owens $117,300 MID

2021 SC Ave: 101

Owens’ rapid development last year saw him shoot up significantly in his draft year – both in height and ability. The 190cm midfielder posted SuperCoach tons in his final three NAB League games – two of which exceeded 120. His overhead marking and size could add something different for the Saints up forward or through the middle in 2022.

Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera $162,300 DEF/MID
2021 SC Ave: 83 (SANFLR); 61 (SANFL)

Picked up by a side that lacks polished distributors, Wanganeen-Milera should see action this year as the best kick of the 2021 draft class. The skilful wingman averaged 83 SuperCoach points and 15 touches across 13 games for Glenelg, with his kicking weapon boding well for his scoring. And he has cash cow in his blood, as the son of former St Kilda SuperCoach cheapie Terry Milera.

SYDNEY
Dylan Stephens $167,800 MID

2021 SC Ave: 30.8 (AFL), 101 (VFL)

On the surface, Stephen’s average of 30.8 from six matches in his second season sets off alarm bells. But Stephen’s was hardly given a chance by John Longmire, spending just 49.4 per cent of his time on the park. It looks it it’ll be a different story in 2022, and that’s straight from the Horse’s mouth: “Dylan Stephens is one that really stands out. He has been training at a really high intensity and he’s put on some size, which we wanted him to do.” The top-five draft pick, who averaged 101 points and 28 disposals in the reserves last year, looms as a possible on-field cheapie option.

Matty Roberts $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 2021 (SANFL U18s), 63 (SANFL)

Roberts was a draft slider after questions marks over his athleticism, but try these numbers on for size. Roberts averaged a Herculean 201 points, 32 disposals, 23.3 kicks, 14.3 contested possessions, 6.3 clearances and kicked five goals in his three SANFL U18s matches. The hardnosed midfielder/forward then showcased his versatility against men at SANFL level for South Adelaide, averaged 63 points, 11 touches and a tick under a goal per game alongside Jason Horne-Francis. With the Swans’ ageing on-ball brigade, KFC SuperCoaches could be thanking club recruiters for overlooking Roberts.

Will Gould $123,900 DEF
2021 SC Ave: 83 (VFL)

Another pre-season of Gould-hype begins. Is the mythical defender on the cusp of a long-awaited debut? If the talk out of Sydney is to be believed, Gould has been catching the eye on the track – but we’ve been fooled before. The loss of Jordan Dawson means there is a spot up for grabs in defence, and his VFL numbers last season were promising, averaging 83 points with two 120-plus totals. For tradition’s sake, plonk him on your bench - for now.

Angus Sheldrick $130,800 MID
2021 SC Ave: 152 (WAFLC), 108 (U18 Champs)

Sheldrick’s SuperCoach potential was on full display in the WAFL Colts last season, where he averaged a mind-boggling 152 points from his nine matches, with a floor of 129 – now that’s consistency. The inside bull won an absurd 63 per cent of his possessions in a contest and averaged a goal per game, closing out the season with scores of 176, 144 and 164 during the finals. While he is being trialled in a less SuperCoach friendly role as a small forward in his first pre-season at the Swans, he has the tools to score well.
 
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WEST COAST
Greg Clark $117,300 MID

2021 SC Ave: 121 (WAFL)

Mature age pick-ups are KFC SuperCoach gold and Clark registered some mouth-watering numbers in the WAFL last season for Subiaco. The 24-year-old averaged 27.5 disposals, 7.3 tackles 4.9 clearances and 121 points – this is including an injury affected score of 1. Clark, a 193cm goalkicking midfielder, generated scores of 135, 140 and 181 in the WAFL finals series – the last of those coming in Subiaco’s grand final win, where he finished with 25 disposals, 14 tackles, six clearances and two goals. Another injury to West Coast Luke Shuey could increase his chances of an early debut.

Brady Hough $117,300 MID
2021 SC Ave: 114 (WAFL), 117 (WAFLC)

An athletic utility with good skills, Hough turned heads in his sole WAFL senior appearance for Peel Thunder last year, tallying 22 disposals, nine marks, a goal and 114 points. The 190cm product played a variety of different roles at WAFL Colts and state level, and could settle in at either end for the Eagles.

Campbell Chesser $148,800 DEF/MID
2021 SC Ave: 98 (NAB League)

Better known for his oversized West Coast jumper that he received on draft night than his footballing ability, Chesser is an explosive defender/midfielder who is capable of seeing senior action this year. Chesser battled through injuries in 2021, averaging 18.3 disposals and 98 KFC SuperCoach points, but he was in the Eagles’ sights on draft night as he brings what the Eagles lack: outside speed.

WESTERN BULLDOGS
Robbie McComb $102,400 MID

2021 SC Ave: 106 (VFL)

McComb’s breakout VFL campaign saw him become the latest Western Bulldogs recruit off the Footscray mature-age production line. The 180cm midfielder averaged 106 KFC SuperCoach points, 25 disposals, five inside 50s and five tackles. At 26, McComb is ready to go and while breaking into that Bulldogs midfield is near on impossible, there could be a spot for him as a pressure forward.

Charlie Parker $102,400 FWD/MID
2021 SC Ave: 68 (SANFL)

Parker joined McComb at the Bulldogs via the rookie draft, with the former cricketer rising from the SANFL reserves to the AFL in a matter of months. The 24-year-old, who averaging 14 disposals and 68 points in his nine SANFL games for Sturt last year, has turned heads with his endurance during his first pre-season at the kennel. His dual position status, price and age profile suggests he is one to watch.
 

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Chesser a 148k D/M, big watch as well as Clark (117k mid)

View: https://twitter.com/nathanschmook/status/1489023636677689345?s=21


Simpson said mature-age recruit Greg Clark would be given opportunities to make his case during upcoming match simulation and was a chance to push for round one selection.

He highlighted prized draftee Campbell Chesser as the teenager most likely to progress quickly and push for senior call-up after impressing early in his first pre-season.

"He's probably a little bit more advanced than your standard draftee," Simpson said of the skilful runner.

"I think he was top 10 in our 2km time trial and I think he's one of the fittest on our list … (so) he is the young kid who may come through quicker."
 
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Chesser a 148k D/M, big watch as well as Clark (117k mid)

View: https://twitter.com/nathanschmook/status/1489023636677689345?s=21


Simpson said mature-age recruit Greg Clark would be given opportunities to make his case during upcoming match simulation and was a chance to push for round one selection.

He highlighted prized draftee Campbell Chesser as the teenager most likely to progress quickly and push for senior call-up after impressing early in his first pre-season.

"He's probably a little bit more advanced than your standard draftee," Simpson said of the skilful runner.

"I think he was top 10 in our 2km time trial and I think he's one of the fittest on our list … (so) he is the young kid who may come through quicker."
Shuey & Yeo are battling injuries currently, no certain starters for round 1 - I think Clark is a huge chance to play round 1, his midfield coach in Jarrod Schofield (formerly at Port) was his coach at Subiaco in his early WAFL days & was a big influence in his career. Clark was stoked to reunite with him, guy is the very determined to take his AFL opportunity. His story is very similar to Matt Priddis (both from Subiaco also) as is his playing style. He isn't flashy, just an old fashioned player who can win the contested ball & run to the right areas.
 
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Hawks had a scratch match today - Worpel/Ward/Newcombe v Mitchell/O'Meara/Maginess in the midfield, the Worpel/Ward/Newcombe combo won that battle with Worpel & Ward combining very well.

Track watchers liken Ward to Walsh in playing style... sounds very promising.
 
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Shuey & Yeo are battling injuries currently, no certain starters for round 1 - I think Clark is a huge chance to play round 1, his midfield coach in Jarrod Schofield (formerly at Port) was his coach at Subiaco in his early WAFL days & was a big influence in his career. Clark was stoked to reunite with him, guy is the very determined to take his AFL opportunity. His story is very similar to Matt Priddis (both from Subiaco also) as his playing style. He isn't flashy, just an old fashioned player who can win the contested ball & run to the right areas.
Do you have any info on why Naitanui has been unavailable ?
 

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Hawks had a scratch match today - Worpel/Ward/Newcombe v Mitchell/O'Meara/Maginess in the midfield, the Worpel/Ward/Newcombe combo won that battle with Worpel & Ward combining very well.

Track watchers liken Ward to Walsh in playing style... sounds very promising.
Sounds like all the promising rookies are in the mids!

I think my initial midfield shortlist includes:
JHF
Daicos
Stephens
Ward
Hobbs
GClark
RMcInnes
JMead

I’m sure there are plenty of others.
 
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Sounds like all the promising rookies are in the mids!

I think my initial midfield shortlist includes:
JHF
Daicos
Stephens
Ward
Hobbs
GClark
RMcInnes
JMead

I’m sure there are plenty of others.
Neil Erasmus another who is looking great also.

All these promising mid rookies makes me think that a starting structure of 4 premium mids & 7 mid rookies (4 starting) could be very viable.
 
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Do we think maginess get a call up round 1?
From what I am reading, he will be in the mix but the hawks boys here would know more.

Just read this from "The Axeman" on BF who watched today's game re Maginess :-

Maginness was interesting. The good part is that he definitely knows how to get he ball. he played a fair bit of time as an inside mid and got some clearances. Was also at half back and was pretty good there. He is almost untackleable (is that a word?). He stands up in a tackle, even with two guys trying to pull him down and always get his arms free. What let him down today was his disposal.

Another hawk mid rookie in Connor MacDonald impressing, "The Axeman" posted this about him :-

Macdonald, like Ward, doesn't seem to have any really noticeable deficiencies as a player. His disposal over all distances is verging on elite. I reckon he earned more frees that anybody today and it was due to his tackling and pressure. He is a very smooth mover and like Ward, has bucket loads of composure. It's crazy that these two blokes are just 18 years old.
 
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