I think he's good for the balance of the side but obviously someone had to make way. But who?
Jobe - spiritual leader, legend, not going to happen
Hepp - captain, form hasn't been amazing but he is probably unstoppable
Myers - keeps doing what he did on Friday and they can't drop him
Parish - not getting the amount of midfield time we all like which probably means if bird were replacing him he'd suffer a similar fate which probably defeats the purpose
Colyer - slightly left field but his fumbling is driving me mental and he's not providing the outside drive he could and should be as a consequence. It's worth asking the question whether we'd get more benefit playing bird as a defensive mid with Fanta and tippa playing more minutes up the field.
To my eye on Friday hepp seemed to spend a bit more time forward and probably should have impacted a bit more than he did but finished poorly. Jobe gets squeezed out of a forward role by the current structure so maybe hepp moves into parish's role, he goes to the VFL to punch out massive midfield minutes and bird comes in.
Bird started in the centre square on Friday which is a massive vote of confidence and his capacity to chase and pressure is probably only bettered by Zerret and tippa at the moment.
It's fantastic that we have a few of these selection headaches (Ambrose to come back, lav and lang putting their hands up, Stanton making a statement). Getting the balance of the side right could make or break the season. Woosh going to earn his money
Where's that best 22 thread?