#9 Brendon James Goddard


Time to say goodbye
Paesi che non ho mai
Veduto e vissuto con te
Adesso si li vivrò
Con te partirò
Su navi per mari
Che, io lo so
No, no, non esistono più
It’s time to say goodbye




He’s been nothing but graceful ever since he got here.
Has a lot to be ■■■■■■ off about if he wanted to.


Is there a younger player who can take BJs role or grow into it by the end of the year? If so, move him on with thanks. His final game deserves to be celebrated.


I suspect he will again finish top 5 in the B&F


James Hird won the BnF in his last year, if youre trying to use that as an argument for keeping him, I’m not sure it holds much water. But I do agree that he’ll end high up there, however.


Yep, BJ should get another year. His numbers are good and he’s running out games well but as suggested, get him out out of defence. Then again it’s not as if he’s making a mountain of mistakes down there. Also, he’s not turning the ball over by hand or foot like some. Unfortunately for him when he does make a mistake it usually results in goals for the opposition.


Define a mountain? One or two brainfades off half back could be described as a ‘mountain’ due to their impact on the game. Footy isnt just about getting posessions. His strength, awareness, agility all seem to be decreasing. He may get the ball a bit due to still being pretty fit, but I question whether that cant be covered by a youngster. The traits and skills that elevated his game are quickly disappearing. He’s a husk of his former self, and I reckon its the perfect time to tap him on the shoulder.


I think it’s time. He says his GPS numbers are still strong but mistakes are becoming more prominent and all season I’ve seen him ask a teammate to roll over onto his opponent.


Does having BJ in the team next year make us better, worse or the same bottom 8 team we are now ?
Anyone suggesting that he would be willing to spend time in the VFL next year is kidding themselves.


I’m really torn on this one.

I love BJ. He has been wonderful for this club since 2013 both on and off the field. In general he still plays well. He defends well. He can take a mark. He reads the play well and when one of his flat bullet passes hits the mark it really is a sight to behold.

But, It seems more of his passes aren’t hitting the mark these days. He’s slowed down.Arguably, two brain fades in close games in the past two years has cost us.

I just don’t know.


The question for coaches will likely be about measuring the benefits of his distribution further up the ground or out of congestion against the occasional situation he gets beaten or makes a mistake. Hurley says hi


Like JB said, “up and coming players knock me off my perch.” Does that mean he won’t play in the seconds? Why does it have to come to that? No player ever wants to stop and the ones that do and go out on their own terms, few and far between.


Can bet your life if we were in flag contention year after Hirdy retired he wouldn’t have.

If BJ still finishes top 5 in B&F it means he still has plenty to contribute.

And the calls for someone like Francis to just come in and play the role better are so premature as you saw from his game on weekend.

I’d think Redman is more likely candidate and if it happens throughout the year so be it.


I’m pretty shocked that some people think he should play on next season, same as the people thinking last year that thought jobe should play on too.


Yeah lets win a final first… hang on, lets make the 8 first… baby steps. We arent flag contenders next year.


Yes we are.

This was put up pre Hawks game.

We get important players back from injury, address some other weaknesses at trade time and have continued growth from our young talent and we are very much in the frame.

Our ladder position is irrelevant to how team is playing right now. Since it all came
together we’ve only lost to Tigers, Pies (due to injuries) and Hawks by a kick. All are in top 4 right now.

Richmond didn’t win a final two years in a row, missed the finals in 2016 & then won in 2017.

We will be right up there next year.


10 weeks of good form doesnt equate to GF contenders if you ask me.


Changed my mind on BJ now. Love the guy and what he has done for the club, but he looks to have slowed down considerably even since the start of the year.

I think Redman is the guy, who, barring his injury would have been the one ‘knocking him off his perch’ right now, so in that sense I think BJ is a little lucky.

Really unfortunate for BJ because I think we are a real shot for the flag next year, barring injury - so for him to potentially miss out on a flag, or a really deep September run is shattering.


The thing that will save him is that we cannot experiment to see what’s it like without him which probably sees him stay on another year. If Gleeson and Redman were available right now to see what it’s like without Goddard he’d be goneski.