I'm a lot more optimistic about our midfield.
Heppell is an A-Grade midfielder, an All Australian. He's getting used to the pace of the game after a year off. And fitting into his new role as Captain.
Merrett is already a gun.
Parrish is only 20 years of age. And is already playing a significant role in the midfield. Just needs to add some size, and his contested footy will explode.
McGrath is already looking like he's been in the system for many years. He will slot straight into the midfield group, just needs to add a few KG and he'll be at the very least, a very good player for us.
Zaharakis is up and down. He can't be relied upon, but he keeps the opposition somewhat aware of his presence as he can turn a game within a quarter of football.
Tippungwuti as all the attributes of a gun inside/outside midfielder. He just needs to build his endurance, which he is working incredibly hard at doing.
Fantasia is too dangerous to have sitting in our foorwardline for his whole career. He is explosive, and makes things happen. A perfect wingman/HFF, in the future.
Langford showed plenty last year. He lacked form earlier in the season, but hopefully his confidence is up and he can show why can be an important midfield cog for us.
Myers/Colyer haven't played for 2 years. Give them some time, they'll be back.
LaVerde just needs abit of luck.
Then we have Mutch, Clark and Begley who we drafted, who may end up being handy footballers.
All it takes is for Daniher to go down with a long term injury and our Forwardline is f*cked. We have all our eggs in the Daniher basket, with Hooker helping out. That's not going to win us finals.
Our forwardline has looked promising so far this season, but I'm not entirely convinced. Worsfold has most of an emphasis on resourcing the forwardline, which has come at the detriment of the midfield (and defence). Which imo is the reason, our midfield is being beaten and outnumbered at the contest.