#16 Josh “Fridge” Begley


#1913

Remember how Paul Barnard came out of virtual obscurity and kicked 4 in the 2000 granny?
Fridge looks like a Paul Barnard to me. He should be a 150 game player.


#1914

He has an unbelievable tank. Would like to see him become an inside midfielder but for the time being gut running defensive forward.


#1915

What a player too! I loved that opposition coaches and players never really gave Barnard much respect and he just continued to punish them for it.


#1916

Sincere apologies.


#1917

This guy is such a natural footballer. I have really big expectations for him. Can’t remember what game it was last year but i remember him inside 50 pulling the ball out of a pack, jumping over somebody and then sending it straight onto Goddard’s chest directly in front of goal. Fair to say i was pretty aroused.


#1918

He has that rare combo of sublime skills and genuine farking carnt-ness


#1919

Team started playing better after he went down with injury.


#1920

Understatement
He is the best disposal by foot at the club.


#1921

Are you suggesting we start a tradition where we maim him at the beginning of every season to appease the Football Gods??


#1922

I’ve done better.


#1923

I wouldn’t think so.


#1924

Didn’t see him miss a single kick in the second half of 2018.


#1925

He’s kicking is very good, but I’m not sure it’s best at club good.
He’s definitely up there though.


#1926

Agree.

I rate him very highly and think he can be a star but having midsize players like him and Laverde in the forward 50 that have minimal impact through the middle is bad for our structure.

Might as well have genuine smalls who can apply lots of pressure or at least a mid who rests forward.


#1927

How about going the Langford route and train them both up to be high impact midfielders who can go forward and make an impact there too. Fridge has the stamina and strength and enough speed to be useful as a defensive forward as well, with Lav also having potential for this.

I love the idea that we have the ability for our whole forward line and most of our mids having the ability to be effective both in the midfield and forward, counting the ruck and forward abilities of Joe, Smack and Belly. I’m also curious at how much we consider rotating some of our backs into the midfield and vice a versa (Saad, McGrath, McKenna, Francis, Ridley, Heppell, Redman, Guelfi).


#1928

I would like to see both Laverde and Begley smashing it at VFL level in the midfield before bringing them back in.

Begley is still inexperienced so I can understand why he has so little influence in the middle but Laverde really needs to make an impression on the ground this year in my opinion.

I still can’t see the player he will be and he’s not exactly young anymore.


#1929

Stick him in the middle, he will not disappoint.


#1930

Well, 22, with a string of injuries behind him.
I’m not sure how much more he could have shown given the circumstances.


#1931

Mate he’s 22, he’s not old.


#1932

When you consider Langford’s journey and Lav’s relative unavailability over the same time period, you can give him at least this year to begin to show something, even if that turns out being that he is Gumby II.