I think we should be very, very measured in our expectations on JS. He is not an unknown quantity who could explode, or a wiry teen with huge development potential. He is a bloke that at 21, is skilled but lacked a bit of hardness in the contest and was virtually delisted. I'm not saying he can't improve, even become excellent, but currently he can't be considered much more than a punt (well worth it though since we got him for peanuts).
Nup, GWS offered him another contract. He wanted out so he wasn't behind Patton, Lobbe and Cameron for games.
Thought he did a reasonable job for us on Thursday, needs to work on his lead patterns, and his hands in the air looked a little stiff, but he brought the ball to ground in 2- on -1 contests and did well on the deck too.
If he'd dragged in a contested mark against the filth, reckon half of Blitz would've been saying "Joe who?" on Friday morning.
Yep, agree with this.
Upon first viewing of the game I was unimpressed as he did little in the air.
But on second viewing I started to see the role he could have. If you accept his weakness is in the air, and his role is to bring the ball to ground and then use his agility to help scrag goals, then he actually did well on a number of occasions.
If he can then do something as 2nd ruck, then he becomes a potentially valuable player. Not that we saw much evidence of that on Thursday.
But he will never push JD or Chook out of the KP forward spots. Doesn't have the ability to clunk. Looks very good when the ball hits the deck though for a big fellow... very good. Would've had a higher opinion if he hadn't completely shanked that shot at goal.