Jobe is literally the only inside bull that we have (other than Heppell who Worsfold seems to want to play anywhere but the centre bounce for some reason) on the list.
Jobe had a very down year by his standards, but his production was still far and away higher than any other player on our list that could feasibly play his position other than Heppel (he averaged 10 contested possessions a game for crying out loud and averaged the most clearances for us as well).
As things stand, it isn’t even in the realm of possibility that we are bringing in an elite level contested ball winner or even a decent level one to replace Jobe which leaves us with absolutely nothing on our list other than Langford who is just as slow as Jobe with far less footballing ability (currently) who makes Colyer look like Tippa in terms of picking up a football below his knees or in general. Even for our midfield to be where it is this year, Langford would have to improve so much it isn’t even funny.
You have Begley who has only just come onto the scene and looks good but is he ready for big midfield minutes next season? No.
Mutch? Doesn’t have the frame.
Clarke? To be honest, it sounds harsh, but I really don’t know why we even drafted the kid considering his horrendous ball use which would be nothing but a liability at the higher level.
Frang? Doesn’t have the tank.
That leaves the draft and even a first year Ollie Wines type player, isn’t going to improve us to get us back up to the level we were at this year.
I think some people need to take the glasses off and start really looking at the state of our list and in particular our midfield because it wasn’t pretty this season and at this stage, it is already going to be far worse than that next year.
This is the off-season where Dodoro really needs to extract the digit and show his worth.