I’m excited. We’ve got potentially a great forwardline, a serviceable back half, it’s the midfield that needs work - but come round 1 next year it will be quite different. In will be a much younger group, with more pace and defensive awareness. They’ll have to prove themselves, but they look promising in prospect. Be handy if we could snare a top name midfielder, which should be a priority, but I think we’re going in the right direction.
Things can change quickly. Coming into the season Adelaide wasn’t seen as one of the major contenders. Richmond had been a joke for years. As much as it is about the talent on the field it is about the system they bring to the game. That’s why Collingwood perpetually underachieve, and it’s why Adelaide and Richmond had leapt up the ladder.
We’ve been hamstrung to a degree by the need to play the returning players, and by conservative selection policies. It will be different next season, and with a year behind the combined team the system that Worsfold is trying to implement will become second nature. I expect we’ll make the eight this year, and may even win a final. Next year I expect us to be better.