I think that ‘average’ is a little out of date. Also includes guys who are drafted in later rounds who fill their 2 year contract and then move on. All clubs being forced to draft at least 3 players means that their are some guys on every list that are long range speculators or just filling in numbers.
So I don’t advocate holding onto every player for 4-6 years… and our club has been guilty of hanging on to guys way too long however we are talking about a guy not even into his 3rd year yet.
There is a big reason why a lot of the ‘good news’ stories that filter out about guys in their second clubs doing well include a lot of big men. Lots of clubs were guilty of churning these guys early, they seem to be a little bit smarter about it now.
As others have also mentioned… its not like Francis has stunk it up hugely either… he showed some awesome glimpses in his AFL games just couldn’t sustain it and was solid in the VFL. I still believe that Francis will make it and it won’t be too long before we are making the same jokes about adelaide missing their chance aka GC and Hooker.