Yep once the mids start forcing more long high bombs into the backline Gleeson will really start to come into his own (ditto Francis for that matter).
Hartley will not get exposed as much on the lead or with his opponent out the back of him either.
As it stands we rarely seem able to force the opposition into switching across the ground or kicking long out of defense or kicking long into their forward line. This really stood out in the dogs and crows games where both teams were able to waltz straight out of defense by picking free and easy targets across the defensive side of centre and then ran the overlap from there.
It’s been noticeable in our best games that we have been able to effectively and consistently prevent this.
Our small forwards are pretty good at applying pressure but our mid are hopeless at denying easy short options for the most part which really undermines a lot of the good work that tippa etc do.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that getting most of the snails out of the midfield will substantially improve our ability to defend the ground properly.