Well the season is over now and I think the announcements are coming in the next few days. I’ll add my two cents worth first. I think a lot of our players may be saved by the fact that so many of the older players are moving on. We could easily sweep out 10-14 but I think 2 or 3 may survive for a bit of stability sake.
Had a quick look at the contracts thread and this is what I’d do -
Watson, Kelly, Stanton, Bird, J.Merrett, Hocking, Howlett, McKernan
Of those still out of contract:
Baguley - 1 year
Green - 1 year. Had his moments this season but I don’t think he’s earn any more than that yet.
McKenna - Long term deal.
Morgan - 1 year. Probably very lucky to survive and hasn’t shown that much in 2 years. The last few weeks of the VFL he did show he has tools that could be useful in an area of the ground we need players. Rather give him another year than a pick 80+ in the draft.
Draper - I’d give 2 years and promote to the senior list for ruck coverage now that Mckernan is delisted.
McNeice - 1 year on rookie list.
Long - This is the hardest one of all. Maybe I’m sentimental about it but I think he does show flashes of being a damaging player. Pretty sure the rules state he has to be promoted if we keep him. With that in mind I probably promote him on a 1 year deal.
So that would be 7 senior list deletions, 2 rookie list promotions and 1 deletion. 5 spots open on the main list and 3 on the rookie list.
I’d be waving our pick 11 around to see if anyone bites on it for a top end player.
With our later picks I’d be looking at midfielders from other clubs not getting senior opportunities and just going after them We need to be smart about it but there are some good players out there that would come cheaply. Offer them an extra year on the deal they are being offered by their current club.
With the early picks we have left in the draft after the trade period we just go best available talent. With the later picks and rookie draft I’d like to see us go for a ball magnet/clearance player from one of the second tier comps. A Sam Menegola type. Not sure who this is but if they are under 25 and tearing it up we should look closely. They will be hungry to make it and play in a position we are losing players in and were weak in all season anyway.