Common knowledge we did a bit more than ask the question KM.
If he ends up going to Carlton, then he is/was available and we’ve failed to secure the player we were interested in. Again.
Assumption. Cap management is also far more sophisticated than “paying player X $$$$ means other players are lost”. Or at least it should be if we’re doing it properly.
Except that 3 of them have basically outperformed Essendon over the last 10 years and the other isn’t far off. But other than that, sure. I also prefaced that with '(if we) keep going like this".
Context is always important KM. Its what separates us from the savages on talking farkcarlton.
I think the list is going okay, but we are ‘building towards a flag’ in the same way as 17 other teams.
From the forwardline, Hooker will be 29 shortly so we will need a progression plan sooner than most think. Green is just going and we should be looking to replace as soon as we can. both lang and Lav have failed to set the world on fire up forward and command a spot. Our scores for have gone through the roof this year and that is reason to be optimistic, but we still need to regularly bring manic pressure to our forward 50 so there is a bit to go still.
The backline has regressed from a couple of years back where we had an embarrassment of tall options and needs to be bolstered. Hurls is awesome offensively, but this comes at the cost of his previously solid 1-1 defending. Hartley cannot stop an opponent and cannot mark. Bags is 30 and will be gone soon. J.Kelly has been one of our best this year at 33yrs of age and is now goneski. Our great white hope midfielder is our best shut down (small) defender.
I think there is significant work to be done down there to ensure our backline in 2-3 years is as strong as it needs to be.
The midfield has a couple of great outside players in Zaka and Merrett who was also AA but we were still in the bottom 4 statistically as a midfield unit this year and if we’re honest we are struggling for quality contested players who fit our gameplan. The fellowship of the ring approach IMO also puts us at too much of a disadvantage when we need a different look through the middle.
We are ranked worst of the top 8 for scores against (by some way) and there are 4 teams below us (outside of the 8) who also have a better scores against result.
Defense wins premierships. Always has. Always will.
Its clear I think there is work to do.