Pretty sure Conor actually kicked it to JD as he was being talcked but still got it to Joe's advantage.
My single biggest concern with Conor is his tendency to fumble handball receives. He dropped one from hurls he shouldn't have but it ended up with hurls throwing danger into the fence so ultimately it was worth it. He does it a lot and I'm not sure if it is a concentration thing, a touch thing, or a technique thing. I'd need to have a closer look but I reckon he's fumbled a few this year because he takes his eye of it at the last second and doesn't take a long stride just as he catches it.
I suspect his teammates don't trust him for this reason. There were a number of times where he broke from half back at pace and presented as a very good hand ball receive option but was ignored. He needs to get it right and the trust will come.
I'm seeing steady improvement in all other areas of his game. Bags is cooked and just keeping his head above water at the moment so we need a replacement. That will not be Kelly or Stanton long term and McGrath has far too much class to be left to rot in the back pocket. McKenna seems as good an option as any at this point so persist.
There was a moment on the wing where danger threw a head feint and chingked away from him. Conor put his head down and closed on danger forcing him to kick rather than bouncing away down the wing which is what he would have done against most others out there. We need that pace and his mongrel in the back half. I think he'll be a seriously improved player by the end of the year if we stick with him.
One of his 'clangers' was a 55 meter bomb off his left foot from the defensive goal square under serious pressure. It was a good clearance because the cats needed 2 kicks for goal rather than one. Plenty of guys would have left that clearance short and the opposition would have had a shot at 45. It also showed his awareness is improving, only a week ago he would have had an extra step and got caught.
He holds his place for mine