I’m pretty happy with Darcy’s progress and what the coaches have done with him. Yeah there’s a question mark on why he didn’t play more inside earlier THIS YEAR. But overall he’s clearly rounded out his game with his experiences over the previous 2 seasons while also building a body size and an engine that his natural high intensity inside mid game requires. Not only are we seeing his elite handballs and clearance ability. He’s now showing some pretty nice open field uncontested chain work as well as popping up and kicking goals.
I think he still needs to sharpen up his decision making and execution with some of his field kicking (some of those crazy high risk cross-field kicks)…are they just simply a rush of blood/adrenaline? Dunno. But overall, he’s still made huge improvement in that area and it wasn’t until about mid last season that we actually started noticing he could be very damaging with his field kicking. I’ll put that down to playing and focusing more on HF/wing skills rather than just inside mid specific skills. It’s coming along.
Mid-way through his 4th season he’s now showing some A-grade level performances. As a top 10 draft pick you couldn’t expect much more. Some players don’t come on as quick as Zac Merrett (2nd & 3rd seasons) or Oliver (2nd)…they are rare players. Looking forward to see what kind of roll Darcy can get on this year.