Jake Melksham


#2361
Those who prefer Melksham over bird have: a) never seen Bird play or b) Never seen Melksham play.

Now Bird is no AA, but he is a big upgrade on Melksham.


Ehhhh…

http://www.footywire.com/afl/footy/ft_player_compare?tid1=6&pid1=3323&tid2=17&pid2=2356&type=A&fid1=C&fid2=C

Both played forward flank / tagger/ midfield rotations their whole careers.
Bird’s a slight upgrade on average, Melks has IMHO more potential - but there’s not much in it either way.


#2362

Bird played as a tagger more than Melksham did and Melksham was pretty ordinary at the tagger role. Melksham had his moments but they were too few and far between, Bird is more consistent (even if he is 2 years older)


#2363

Bird = #44
Melksham = #25

So if we all agree there doesn’t appear to be that much between them… then we are winners.


#2364
Bird played as a tagger more than Melksham did and Melksham was pretty ordinary at the tagger role. Melksham had his moments but they were too few and far between, Bird is more consistent (even if he is 2 years older)
I don't disagree, ross. I reckon we're slightly ahead....
Bird = #44 Melksham = #25
...and for what we effectively paid, we're really ahead.

Melks & 44 for Bird & 25.


#2365

I would prefer Bird over Melk, for no other reason than I’ve seen what Melk offers us and, as much as I wish him the best, it’s been a career of Meh so far.

Haven’t seen much of Bird, so excited to see what he brings.


#2366

I’ll miss Jake; loved his creativity and the excitement he brought to the game. Sure he was inconsistent but his occasional mindboggling moments of genius were worth it. We’ll be more vanilla without him but at least Melbourne will be less boring to watch (if there ever comes a day that I watch a non Ess v Melb game).


#2367

Will always remember him taking out Roughead

https://youtube.com/watch?v=rnbf9s62S_8


#2368

Daniel Jackson headbutting his elbow is a classic too.


#2369
Don't know enough about bird

What I know about melksham was his good was pretty good but his bad was horrendous and, unfortunately, he was bad far too often

We’ll get consistency out of Bird, not the occasional snag from 60 out, several easily broken tackle attempts and clangers. But I did like him too, just seemed a confidence player. Or, as we call them in other colours, downhill skier. Dee’s will be interesting to watch next year.


#2370

Bit rough calling Melksham a downhill skier. Theres been games where he has been BOG and dragged us over the line.

Inconsistent, with the greatest distance between his best and worst possible… yes. But downhill skier implies he is only good when it is easy, and that’s not true imho.


#2371

He’s a world champion downhill skier.


#2372
Bit rough calling Melksham a downhill skier. Theres been games where he has been BOG and dragged us over the line.

Inconsistent, with the greatest distance between his best and worst possible… yes. But downhill skier implies he is only good when it is easy, and that’s not true imho.

Yeah, not fair. Early in the morning with a cold. Should have left it at confidence player, and even then that could have applied to most of the team this year. Think we’ll get more out of Bird than a Melk treading water anyway.


#2373
Those who prefer Melksham over bird have: a) never seen Bird play or b) Never seen Melksham play.

Now Bird is no AA, but he is a big upgrade on Melksham.

I have watched a lot of Melksham and a fair bit of Bird in action. Craig is no superstar but he never drops his head and sooks, reminded me always of the way Gary O’Donnell played. Solid and consistent.


#2374

Bird arms. Lol…


#2375

But are Bird’s arms as big as Melkshams?


#2376

Can Bird box like Melksham?


#2377

Really inconsistent. Too many times he’d give up chasing and just looked to be jogging on the field.

Other times, he’ll break tackles, dodge and launch a penetrating kick to a team-mate or at goal.

Hope he does well for himself. Kudos to a classy exit.


#2378
Can Bird box like Melksham?

Lol … Bird box.


#2379

Bird to take Melksham’s old number?


#2380
But are Bird's arms as big as Melkshams?

Lol, Big Bird