It will be a very different looking VFL side next year. Whilst of course I’m optimistic and confident we’ll put together a strong program the reality is we’ve lost a heap of experience that really formed much of the backbone of our side the past two years and provided a lot of the leadership to our group. Buddha, Matty Dea, Harts, Benny McNiece, Myersy, Bags, Longy, Browny (though he played AFL almost exclusively this year) have all been fantastic for our program and will obviously be difficult to replace, as well as young guys who were staples and played solid footy for us in Trent Mynott and Houla among a few others.
Bally and Harry will put together a strong VFL list and we’ll have a lot of VFL listed guys returning, we’ll just have to see how the changes to the AFL list shake out as to who of them comes to the VFL.
The VFL boys came back in good shape and keen to get into it last week, while Harry’s an excellent young coach who’ll really take ownership of the program so there’s plenty to look forward to.