#9 Brendon James Goddard


#4069

Agreed but Francis was playing late in the season in the same team so Francis is a lock already IMO. I think it’s out of Ridley, Redman & Gleeson for the spot BJ had.


#4070

Agreed.


#4071

Give BJ’s spot to Redman, and slide Ridley into Colyer’s spot.

Although I suspect Gleeson will probably get first crack at the Goddard thing if he has a good preseason.


#4072

Ridley… a 192cm defender, into Colyers spot? Surely you jest


#4073

Nope.

191, good runner, excellent disposal, very reliable overhead, positions himself well, reads the play beautifully. Underage started as a forward, became a defender, and even spent time as a mid. Built to be a winger for mine.


#4074

If he can actually hold on to the ball, hes already got Trav beat


#4075

I was thinking why would we want Ridley to start fumbling.


#4076

Built to be an angry and brutal attacking halfback for mine.:wink:


#4077

I think that eventually, Ridley takes that spot with Redman moving up to a wing as a link player and possibly McKenna moving to a mid role. BZerk & Francis take Hooker & Hurls roles, with Gleeson, Saad completing the 2nd 6 in defense. Ambrose/Hartley are backup to slot in and make 7.


#4078

sounds erotic…


#4079

Can’t believe with all the spuds they are picking up they are not taking BJ into the Suns


#4080

or Dea

(even Jackson Merrett would look good at the Suns - not meant as a back handed compliment)


#4081

Clearly when we spoke of firing the cannon into the sun, this is what we meant.


#4082

I wouldn’t take Goddard either if I were them, but I would certainly have a chat to Dea.


#4083

Whose to say they didn’t ask?

I would think he would have only been tempted if at all by a club with a flag chance and probably to stay in Victoria also.


#4084

What’s bugging BJ? Why ex-Bomber can’t ‘follow’ Essendon


Ryan Davidson

Brendon Goddard with wife Rosie after his final game this year

BRENDON Goddard concedes his days as an AFL footballer are likely over, and the ex-Bomber has sought advice from retired former teammates on how to deal with life after football.

While the 33-year-old still holds out some hope a club will throw him a lifeline as a delisted free agent or through one of the NAB AFL Drafts, Goddard said he’s now adjusting to not being a professional athlete.

Conversations with good friends and former St Kilda teammates Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna have helped him accept his playing career is likely over.

“I realised it was harder to swallow than I thought it would,” Goddard told RSN Radio on Wednesday morning.

"I’m content now, and talking to a few blokes now, in particular (Riewoldt) and (Montagna) who I’m really good friends with.

"They’ve talked about ebbs and flows over the six to eight months, but even now I’m starting to feel it with blokes going back to training and I see it on Twitter, so reality is kicking in.

"It’s only natural, I’ve been doing this for 16 years.

“I’m even thinking about unfollowing Essendon (on Twitter), just to get if off my mind, but that’s a bit extreme.”

After 334 games with the Bombers and Saints, Goddard is frustrated he’s been thrown on the scrap heap with plenty left in the tank.

“I still believe I’m physically and mentally in a good space and still have something to offer in different areas,” Goddard said.

"I see some of the blokes playing football and it bugs me that they’re playing and I’m not.

“I know the reality of it too. I’m not bitter at all, I’m a realist.”

Goddard will turn to one of his other passions – golf – to help ease him into football afterlife by caddying for good friend and professional golfer Marcus Fraser at next week’s Hong Kong Open.


#4085

Crappy headline.


#4086

A. He can and does.

Cool story, bro.


#4087

Jackson Macrae is 191, probably the best one for Ridley to model off if that’s where we want him.

Doubt he’s fit enough for that role as of yet.


#4088

Ryan Davidson - whoever you are - you are a flog.