The team will only benefit from having him train to be a mid. I'd imagine it would only be stints and not a full time mid role.
With his improved fitness and potentially have a run in the midfield from time to time, this would make him an even more difficult match up when playing up forward.
The guys a star! I wish we could clone him and play him in multiple positions across the ground!
This is where our Tiwi next gen academy (assuming we give a shit about it) will come into play. It's a never ending pipeline of low hanging fruit when it comes to talent. Just needs a little nurturing.
But not too much, we don't want these kids getting picked up in the draft. Just good enough to make the list and then to explode into the scene like tippa.
And that is the problem with these academies. You spend all your time and money developing these kids and then someone else swoops in and takes them. It's a crap system. And the more remote your area is (and ours couldn't get more remote) the worse the deal is. That being said, I hope we get a few gems out of there.
Aren't academy players bid on?
So if someone takes him early we match it.
It's about as fair as can possibly be made.
No, you're confusing the indigenous/multicultural academies (like our tiwi academy) with the much more generous academies that the expansion state clubs get.
We have no right to match a bid on one of our academy kids. All we can do is rookie b list players from our academy, once the draft is done and assuming those players were overlooked. Same way we signed mcneice under last year.
So any kid who looks like being a genuinely good prospect really on will get drafted by whoever decides to call his name out & there's nothing we can do about it.
Isn't that just the interim rules that applied this year to every bob & joe who got nominated? I believe when the "full" academies take effect we get the full matching ability and 20% discount of the northern clubs.
This year was just an interim "special" rule because the academies are still a little way off. That's why everyone who matched the criteria could be nominated. Under the main ones they'll have to come from particular areas (in our case Tiwi Islands), we'll have to show they've been involved with the club and the academy for a certain number of years, and (stupidity of stupidity) can't be regular TAC players (I think the limit is 10 games? Of course, not sure if APS counts, so could still go to a private school and not play regular TAC). Whereas this year they just had to have the right background, and of course be so poor nobody wanted to draft or rookie them.