I can't believe those complaining. This is a brilliant move by EFC.
By placing delisting McKernan it allows three things:
1) Frees up a permanent spot on the list to recruit a DFA or kid in the ND
2) Gives us ruck cover if we don't find a ruck in the ND
3) Stick a rocket up McKernan to work on the "things" he's been asked to work on until the rookie draft
If we somehow got English at our rd 2 pick and still had picks 29, 41 and possibly another in the ND, then we wouldn't bother with McKernan at all. If we don't get a ruck in the ND, then we will need McKernan as cover which a rookie pick (our very last selection) would make it worthwhile.
Was anyone shattered we took Gach Nyoun in the rookie draft or did they complain about missing out on anyone?
I agree with 1.
I can see some merit in 2, but I think someone at pick 41 or at rookie pick 1- players like Darcy Cameron or Rowan Marshall I would see as genuine ruck prospects with more upside than Smack.
Regarding 3, the rocket has been there since day 1 I would think.
As for getting English, great - or even getting other ruck prospects, but you seem to be forgetting what is on our website:
"the Club is committed to re-drafting McKernan at the upcoming AFL National Rookie Draft"
So while we have Smack as back up ruck no 2, we still should be looking for someone to develop into the number 1 or 2 ruck in the next couple of years, and Smack isn't him, so that begs the question why are we bothering, and Stewart is potentially a better option as well, where he has potential to be better at both being a forward and possibly ruck as well, but not a full time ruck.
And I am shattered we took Gach in the rookie draft because it seems apparent we don't have the capacity to develop a raw ruckman still learning the game, so I don't know why we bothered trying to. We couldn't give him the ruck time in the VFL side with 2 or 3 more capable rucks in it (Jamar, Smack and Michael) and he made the side too tall whenever he was on the park with the other 3 there.
So effectively you can only afford to have 2 pure ruckmen on your list who need to be ready to play AFL (Leuey and TBC) with the third and fourth option needing to be capable of being useful on the park at the same time, either forward or back. You could argue that TBC and Stewart can probably share at VFL level as ruck forwards (if they are not current best 22) and one more fully capable ruckman is what is needed, which is not Smack.
So on reflection, I am back to bagging Smack, but not much point, because he is on the list, but we probably still need to take another ruckman to give proper back up to Leuey and TBC. So English would be nice, given he will turn 20 later next year and has some senior WAFL experience and heaps of upside, but we would have to be lucky, otherwise another 20 or 21 year old from the state leagues.
I don't imagine @fogdog really thinks we should dump Smack if we do find a better ruck in the draft given the commitment EFC have made to him.