I’ll try not to derail the Fanta thread, so thought I’d reply in more detail here.
I’m not sure how Gleeson has become a defensive giant since 2017, which is how you portray him with the statement “sh*tloads better defensively”
Certainly, I would agree that he would be more adept at playing on smaller forwards than Ridley is.
Though we haven’t seen enough of Ridley in the Seniors to know exactly what forwards he would be suited to ideally.
Were there any games in particular you can site whereby he put a stop on a dangerous forward, that assisted us in obtaining a win ?
It’s more hope that a good player (yes, he is a good player) will come back in the side and make us better.
I’m not sure that he will make us any better, and I have grave doubts that he reaches 2017 levels anytime soon.
He has been surpassed by Redman (definitely).
Ridley’s foot skills are an asset in a defence with Ambrose, Hurley and Hooker, who we can all agree are ‘iffy’, so IMO his skill set is more useful than Gleeson’s.
You could make the argument that Francis has him covered for intercept marking, if we feel an increased need for such a player in our D50.
Look, I like Marty.
He is an incredibly courageous player, and I like his attacking flair and willingness to take the game on, but he is being over rated by some on this site.