First time I heard this from any of the coaches; Bluey wants to move Tippa into the midfield. Yeh ! Give it a go. The guy is already magic and he is getting better, looking at some of the pre-season video
Its a no brainer . Rather than being stuck in the forward line, it allows him to take the ball off half back and run with it, he would rarely be exposed by tall opposition players close to the opponents goal. Can drift forward and kick goals, can run to the edge of the centre square and hit up forwards lace out until the early morn.
How good would that be if it works out ?
Only problem I have with this is that it would give us a next gen midfield of Parish, Zach, Walla, McGrath and The Langford. All bar one are dwarves in AFL terms. And if the new type mid is the Bont/Cripps type, then the seven dwarves model is probably not the best option.
I don't think this is a problem. All of those players could end up AAA and if they're that good their size won't be a problem. Having 4 Z Merretts in your midfield doesn't present you with a height problem because they'd all be good enough to overcome their size mismatch with speed and skills.
Plus as previously stated we have Heppell Langford and Laverde (who I rate as a bona fide mid) in there, plus talk of Francis and Ridley (long term there I know) moving into the midfield.