Agreed. I think a key component of our overall improvement next season will be how much more defensive pace we introduce to the midfield.
I expect McGrath to have a big impact on this regard but we’ll need more. Smith hopefully ticks that box too. I’ve never really seen stringer use his pace defensively but he’ll certainly be expected too.
Getting tippa and Fanta some more midfield minutes as part of a rotation with Smith and stringer would also be helpful.
Langford had displayed a willingness to tackle in the VFL that we haven’t seen from him in the seniors and he’s certainly more agile and mobile than hepp Myers or bj so hopefully we get more out him.
I also think Stewart is a bit of a midfield dark horse, particularly if hooker stays forward. I think we might look to push him higher and use him in the ruck more. He is genuinely quick and certainly willing to compete on the ground. Infact he’s a much better competitor on the ground than in the air.