Duursma does not identify as a number, he will get the letter ‘U’.
Just watched Duursma’s highlights video and noticed he started with 21 at PA, then changed to 7.
21 + 7 = 28, which just happens to be free.
39: Rookie / SSP
There is no obvious number for Caddy. I think he has to be in Toorak from the get go, but am not convinced 11 fully suits him. Could move into 9 or 10 at the end of 2024.
Menzie gets an upgrade.
Goldstein needs a ruckman number.
The only hill I’m dying on is Duursma in 32. It’s perfect I reckon.
11 - Caddy
17 - Gresham
28 - Menzie
30 - McKay
32 - Duursma
42 - Lual
43 - Roberts
44 - Goldstein
Not sure that the number Davis and Watson wore fits Duursma tbh.
Gresham would look good in 11.
Could see Duursma or Gresham with 32 but feel both are also the types to want some higher numbers despite 32 being worn by a former star like Tim Watson.
And that’s forgetting the likes of Lance Mann and Howard Staehr.
And who can forget Mal Pascoe? or Don Carmichael?
I think Hunter should get an upgrade on his number
Really need to retire number 17 to end the curse. And of course in loving tribute to the GOAT, Judd Lalich.
I’m comfortable giving Duursma 17 if he can grow his hair out like Sporn’s
Yes … if he breaks through and nails a KPF role by season end I’d like to see him offered the famous #10. Which might well become available again this time next year.
McKay 32 (was 23 at NM)
Goldstein 44 (was 22 at NM, double that, plus Justin Madden number)
Gresham 34 (was 4 at StK)
Duursma 17 (was 7 at PA)
Caddy 11 (seem to give first available number to first draftee lately)
Hunter 39 (upgrade from 49)
Menzie I would leave in 47 for now. Already played several games wearing it.
Wouldn’t surprise me if Duursma wore a higher number this year before taking over Hep’s 21 in 2025. Both Sth Gippsland lads and Duursma wore it when he first joined Port.
Caddy in 32 feels right. its nebulous, its vacuous, i cant explain it at all… but it feels right.
Geoff Blethyn was 11
As was Greg Anderson
So you’re saying he’s gonna be twice the player for us