As many of you realise, I’ve had a year off this joint. This may well have been discussed in various trade week threads, but there doesn’t seem to be anything going at present, if a mod wants to roll it together into another thread, feel free.
I’m of the opinion there is a silver lining out of last year’s forced failure. We’ve been kicked down to the bottom of the ladder, we’ve gotten a good kid or four, and we can look up from here.
We’ve got a new coach who hasn’t really had a chance to work out his best side yet.
We also know Kelly, Watson, Stanton & Goddard - still 4 quality performers - are probably going to be done in the next year, or three.
The absolute worst case scenario is do what St Kilda & Freo did under Rosco - build heavily around a certain generation, and go over the cliff with them.
To me, this all points toward there being good sense in not going flat-chat right now, rather taking another year to appraise the ‘big picture’ view of the list build. ie put the emphasis on the best side we can build post Watson/Goddard (say, 2019), and treat it as a happy bonus if they’re still around and producing at that point. This doesn’t necessarily mean wholesale deviations from putting our best 22 on the park, either.
ie just make sure we keep a healthy balance of development and putting out competitive performances.
With that said.
Would it be in our best interests to clear out some of that tier of mid career, middle-of-the-road guys? (Hocking, Mitch Brown, Howlett, Dea, Myers, Jackson Merrett, Bird). If we’re going flat knacker this year, they’re all too close to the best 22 to cut; but taking a medium term view, they’re probably not there in 2019, and they’re the sorts of ‘good average’ guys that you can replace, given a few years’ development. Also might free up a bit of cap space along the way, and hopefully get some improvement to our draft picks.
I kinda like all of those guys in their own right, but collectively, if they’re playing much VFL this year, I don’t think we can really justify keeping them around.