For me the greater issue this season was midfield pressure, clearances after that.
With our recruiting we’re going to have a lot more zip around the ball, and that will greatly enhance our ability to exert pressure. That’s issue one ticked off.
As for clearances, we should improve in that area too, though I think it’s been overstated as a deficiency.
We lose Watson, but as a collective we’ll have a midfield group that bats deeper, has more pace, and which adds in Stringer, who is a dynamic clearance player when on song. Add in Heppell, who is capable, and Parish, who was underused, as well as Langford, and potentially McGrath, Smith and possibly Mutch, etc, and it’s a capable group.
We’ll much better able to capitalise on our clearance wins because we now have the pace we were lacking to take the ball away from the contest (and dispose of more efficiently). And, just for the record, Hawthorn won flags despite being beaten for clearances - it’s not the be all and end all it was 5 years ago.