watson, goddard, zaharakis and heppell are not lightning quick. 2 generally can't catch up to breaking away midfielders on the other team. one seems to prefer coralling when tackling is better and bj is getting old so won't be around for many more years.
Then we're left with parish and zach. 2 players that have played < 5 years are carrying out midfield, stunning. Whats really required is the other young-younger players to step up to ease the pressure. We cannot have watson zaka, goddard and heppell in the same midfield (in terms of a single centre bounce set up). then you introduce further slow players like myers, hocking, howlett, bird and we're not in a good place with where the current incarnation of the game is at.
If we get another top 10 pick (likely) I think we need to use it on another prime midfielder, one with pace and ball winning ability. I like parish, so don't take this the wrong way anyone, but melbourne saw a clear hole in their midfield and acted to get oliver to fill that void, i'd like to see us do something similar. I'm not that big on trading in a young jet, i'd prefer to get someone as a FA to tide over the team while the new young midfield has time to gel.