For the pro-Bird posters rather than saying he should be in, perhaps tell us who comes out of the team for him. Who would you play him ahead of?
It's also all well and good saying we play more than1-2 clearance players, of course we have others rotate through there but they all generally have a capacity to play other roles.
There wouldn't be another side in comp who is playing 2x slow inside mid ONLY players. Which is what we would be doing with both Watson and Bird.
For the record I really loved what Bird brought to table last year but with Watson and Heppell back and Goddard getting more inside time (and doing a great job) he is understandably back in the pecking order behind All Australian / AFL captain level players.