I think Gunston plays a deep third tall role almost like a secondary full forward. In some ways this is what Fantasia is playing in our team. I think our hope is that Lav will eventually also take it on.
Personally I want us to be using our early draft picks to bring in skilled on ballers.
He doesn’t have a good midfield delivering the ball to him & the other forwards. Would he be an upgrade on Stewart, of course he would but until we can fix our issues in the midfield he would struggle with us just like he is at Hawthorn now. He’d be a loooong way down the list of players I’d even consider chasing let alone paying the 1st round pick price Hawthorn would expect.
As with the whole side, you take out 2 of your better, hard ball players who win more contests then they lose, and players can’t simply rely on them winning it and take a calculated risk in running forward of the play before they get it.
Not exactly sure why any club would give up a high draft pick for what they are describing as a dedicated 3rd tall ish forward.
Most of the clubs in need of him, or would get value out of having him have already sold out most of their early draft picks.
I’d only wanna give up a pick later than 30 for him, nothing really above that.
If we get a midfielder through FA I’d give up our first pick for Gunston in a heartbeat.
In 2 years time we’d have Hurley, Hooker, Daniher and Ambrose as our spine all in their prime, combined with a young talented midfield coming ever closer to maturity. Mix in Gunston and one of Laverde/Francis/Langford and we could easily have Hooker playing CHB, with one of the best ATT/DEF combos in the AFL.