#34 Jake Long - Like his career, this thread just keeps going!


#1081

Seems odd. So best case scenario he can play second week of finals if we make it?


#1082

I think he’ll also get a small pay bonus for spending a few weeks on the senior list, regardless of if he plays or not.


#1083

There’s no way he’s coming into a semi final after 3 weeks on the pine and no senior footy this year, if by some miracle we make it that far.
Token gesture for a kid who’s about to get chopped.


#1084

are you people nuts? He’s literally light years off our best 22. if we played him in a final after a year of garbage, well I’d completely lose any faith in any of the coaching staff


#1085

3rd week.

But they had an open spot and had to decide now. Highly unlikely he’d get a game, but they had to choose between Long and Draper.


#1086

My assessment on his chances of being retained just went up by 10% on the back of this, but moreso due to what Kerr had to say about him in the article.


#1087

To be fair, he has always been a 4 year burn player. He missed most of his last 2 years of junior footy. I saw him at the u/16 carnival years back and he carved them up, at that point he was a top 20 pick. He is touch and go for next year, but I wouldnt be shocked if they still consider him worth persisting with.


#1088

Why are people nuts? I don’t think anyone is suggesting he’ll play. It just seems a strange decision and as BSD said it probably shows a bit better chance of being retained than most of us think.
Fwiw, I’ve been expecting for months that he’d be delisted. This maybe indicates there is a slight hope for him


#1089

We have to keep him. Can’t think of anything much worse than watching him star for Horethorn/anyone else in 5 years time!!!


#1090

I don’t rate Long in the slightest, but if you’d rather have play Ben Howlett fill in for Green/Raz’s spots then you can line up.

Horses for courses and all that, he’s average, but he’s an average quick forward pocket, and we currently have 2 of the other 5 out.


#1091

Agree. JFTR, that 10% increase was on top of this from a few days back …

And as Kerr mentioned he did very well against Footscray.

I remember commenting on the back of the DJR call, that he was getting plenty of it, & it seemed he was doing all you’d want from him bar finishing, … and if they see the same thing, then they may well think 1 more year sees him improve that facet, and then with that sorted, being ready to make the jump to senior level.


#1092

He actually has good disposal when he doesn’t rush it.


#1093

I usually get to 1 VFL game a year and rarely watch any footage so I’m no judge.
As I said earlier, I expect him to get delisted, but simply on type, I wouldn’t be against him getting another year if they see him improving more


#1094

Yeah I reckon that’s it. I assume we are under the minimum salary cap spend. Probably due to some of the experienced players (Stanton, Hocking, Howlwtt etc) not playing many senior games this year.

So yeah a few extra $$$ in the bank account for Jake.


#1095

I hope so.
He has the talent. I thought he has showed far more promise in his limited AFL matches than he has most of his VFL career.

I thought he would end up being our Dempsey replacement. Has the poise, pace, agility, time, height a disposal to do it.


#1096

If we have the space and it doesn’t compromise too much, I’d give him one more year. With a solid year of VFL watching, I’d roll the dice for one more year.


#1097

With Stanton, Watson, Kelly and likely at least some of Jerrett, Hocking and Howlett on the way out, and our lack of depth of running players, I think he is a chance to stay.

If players like Morgan show promise as a mid through the VFL finals that could play out badly for him.

Very poor timing with the suspension unless we can get to a VFL Prelim and maybe a GF and he does well.

I would be doing some intensive skills training if I was him and be hoping for some VFL finals.


#1098

I see the elevation as, essendon expecting to reach the prelim stage, and if injury to tippa/ fanta/bbb then he may be required


#1099

I’m surprised they didn’t play him against GC.


#1100

I’m not.
He’s not that good.