I think he has many attributes to be a good AFL player. But I don't think any of them are suited to the role he plays.
He's just too short to do any rucking at all, it's a liability. He has a fair crack at it and he's improving, but his height and lack of any substantial leap means there is a limit to how competitive he can be.
He's not a great mark, and while he's a great set shot, he doesn't get many.
He doesn't really tick the boxes for what you want out of a third tall / medium forward. Certainly not in our team anyway.
I still think he's a player though, and he does pretty well for a guy not suited to his role.
yep i rate the kid, but at present we have way too many players who offer really good output in one area, and fall off in the rest.
we need better all round players.
but also the roles these guys are expected to play are shithouse.
at present we have him and jmerret who's sole focus seems to be carrying the defensive work, while having little impact offensively.
that's ok when the other 4 forwards are in form and playing well.
Daniher is still developing so he will be up and down from week to week.
carlisle is whatever the fuck he is, somewhere between potential superstar and broken fragile bacforward
Chappy and cooney are experienced players but just aren't what they used to be.
Howlett fits the mould of ambrose and jmerrett, great in the hard defensive aspect, offers little offensively.
and Zac merrett is also developing and is probably the standout forward so far this year.
so of the main 8 guys who rotate prodominately through the forwardline we have 3 who offer very little offensively, which puts more strain on the other guys and doesn't allow any of them to have off days. but again daniher is still developing, carlisle isn't a forward but is being forced.
so we are relying on 2 guys to carry the forwardline and hope 1 or 2 others play well.
the mix is all wrong imo, we need players who offer both ways, not just one. offence or defesively it doesn't matter. everyone needs to pull their weight equally. if they aren't doing it in one, then they should be dropped and made to perform both roles.
that applies to carlisle and daniher for lack of defensive effort, and chappy and cooney too.