I don’t I agree with that.
He had reasonable midfield form in 2016 for a fwd/midfielder who was in his 2nd year, when he rotated through the centre in AFL games (ok, I realise we had suspended players).
But in a nutshell:
- AFL is a big step up from VFL
- his AFL form in '17 was not as good as Stewart or Laverde
- and he lost his place in the team and couldn’t work back into the team
In my view as a forward with our set up he’s behind best 22 players in Stewart & Fantasia and behind players on periphery of best 22 in Laverde & Begley and just ahead of Francis.
As a big bodied mid he’s behind best 22 players in Heppell, Goddard, Watson (ret.) & Myers (although blitzers may argue my inclusion of Myers).
So assuming we keep the same structures next year his best opportunity seems be as a big bodied mid.