I’d say the club expected some difficulty with players like Langford, Redman, Laverde, Francis, Long ect this year.
These guys got senior experience last year that they wouldn’t have otherwise had, however with the team in finals contention it’s been almost the complete opposite this year. I hope they’ve been talked through the situation as I get the sense looking at Langford and Francis that they aren’t particularly thrilled with their lack of opportunities this year, they should have a better attitude but as 19 year olds they should also have support.
It’s not like they’ve demanded selection, but to use the Francis v Curnow debate as an example, Carlton got Curnow in the team as soon as they could this year and left him in, he didn’t exactly bang the door down in the VFL. Some players develop better among better competition and for marking players, getting away from windy grounds like Port Melbourne can only help you prepare for ten games a year at Etihad.