We’d all love for parish to consistently get 25+ and hit the scoreboard. And I believe if he was playing as a main man mid, he’d probably be doing that. And we, as a result, wouldn’t be questioning whether he was worth pick 5.
The simple reality is that all our onballers can’t be winning that much footy. Even McGrath, who was a ball magnet as an underager (averaged 32 in his TAC cup year) is getting low 20s this year. Granted he’s been mighty damaging of late with that amount of ball.
Sure, when Parish gets the chance to kick we’d like him to be a little more incisive. But when he wins the ball in tight he is clean and generally pretty creative with the handball. He’s currently a role player in our midfield. Which is no shame.
What’s the perfect balance of roles with Shiel, Heppell, Merrett, Parish, McGrath etc. I don’t know. But if we’re winning, and they’re all contributing to the winning, there’s a fair chance it’s all part of being a good midfield. Of which Parish is a part.