Why do you always mention player ratings. It’s based on the last 2 years and for our club, they couldn’t be any more irrelevant.
As for Hartley, with extra quality around him and natural progression, he has no excuse for going backwards this year. Thought we had a good player on our hands last year, but he’s been massively disappointing this season. Looks and plays like a pothead.
As for our the rest of our backline, we had a returned superstar (Hurley), the no.1 draft pick (McGrath), a wily old veteran (Pops), a top notch KPF stopper pre-injury (Ambrose), a big improver (Gleeson), an explosive rebounder (Irish), a tough as nails small stopper (Bags)…and we’re still ■■■■. This tells me we lack something in the coaching department, because the ingredients for a good defense are there. Our midfield don’t do them many favours, but this group lose more 50/50s than a good backline should. Hurls needs to get back to defending and others need to step up in place of McGrath (midfield) and Kelly (retirement), otherwise it will continue to be rubbish next year as well.