Not sure how you can compare the current forward line to one being worked on in November. I mean the whole side has evolved throughout the year and they have trialled different players and different structures to see what works all throughout the season.
I agree with you on the Bird assessment. Woosha has proven to be very strict on like for like replacements over the last few weeks which would reflect the importance of building familiarity within the team and an eye on making finals.
Comparing what Laverde is doing at VFL level and what Stewart is doing at AFL level is not only wrong, but also disrespectful to Stewart. Stewart is a tireless worker and also playing within a structure that is clearly blossoming. Laverde is playing a far more limited role but doing it very well. It's like comparing chalk and cheese.
It's beside the point anyway. My point was that Stewart is just as important as Hooker to the structure. It wasn't so long ago that people were calling for Hookers head.
I'm happy that Laverde is doing well and I hope that he continues to work on his game. But if in three years time all we have is a third tall then I would be extremely disappointed. Laverde is only at the beginning of his education and still has lots to work on.