#1 Andy McGrath - has till the end of 2020 to exceed Gary Ablett the very Junior


#4016

I don’t know… we may also need him as a winger. It will be interesting to see what they do.
If he’s not playing defence, i’d certainly strongly consider it if McKenna or Saad goes down


#4017

I like the idea of him as a Greg Williams type midfielder, shooting lethal handballs out of heavy packs but much faster and able to sprint out of those packs as well


#4018

He is not a tall boy either.


#4019

I recon that’s why he was drafted.
Not many small defenders go first pick.


#4020

Well, he’s not a tall boy.

Edit…bugger, beaten to the punch.

Drawers back in shame.


#4021

i Don’t think we’ve seen his best yet and it may be through the middle.

I understand dropping him back at times rotations require it but I think keep training him as a mid/wing and let’s see what his impact is


#4022

Merrett’s stats are somewhat affected by the sub rule in his first year. Maybe his second too


#4023

I actually see McGrath being used similarly to how we used Goddard…just with added run/legspeed but minus the weapon kicking.

Goddard was a high possession utility used through the midfield (inside/outside) and down back to provide drive and direction out half back. Don’t quote me on it because my memory is a bit foggy, but when Goddard had that little knee scare early in the saints game I think it was McGrath who slotted into Goddard’s HB accumulater/ midfield role and what happened? McGrath had arguably his best game for us - 33 touches and 5 x R50’s (equal second). This is the utility role I see for McGrath over his 300 game career.


#4024

Greg William was a beautiful kick as well. My knock on Andy McGrath is his handballs are usually backwards, no where as damaging as Williams or Jobes. Once he starts taking the game on his game will go to another level.


#4025

Something something pouffe


#4026

If he’s playing his role, and we’re winning games of football… why does he have to be better than Garry Ablett?


#4027

When he puts on some more size and strength that will come naturally. He will have far more time and space to use the footy.

Little bit like Langford, the turning point for him was when he could stand up in a tackle. He looks to have time, where as before he was a little rushed.

Mcg will be the one to take the biggest step fwd next year of anyone on the list.

Won’t matter where he plays he will have a massive impact


#4028

I don’t think we’ve even seen close to his best yet.

I don’t think he’ll be as much use as a mid until he has the body to play on the inside. He’s kinda wasted out on a wing imo, as he does his best work at the contest, when the ball is hot.


#4029

Gavin Wanganeen. Baby Bomber back pocket. Won a Charlie playing down back (and a flag). I wouldn’t mind playing Pidge back & giving Irish a run on the ball.


#4030

Andy says he has come back stronger and faster. Now that is good news. Gives a good interview does Andy.


#4031

He looks big


#4032

Yep, across the shoulders and upper chest area.

Speaks well does our Andy. :blush:


#4033

Jet!!!


#4034

got a feeling andy’s going to rip a few games to shreds next year, looks like a football player now


#4035

yep - heading into his third season and he’s getting a very decent body on himself. Playing in a team that should be on the way up would give you the confidence to enjoy your footy even more.