I don't believe our midfield is as bad as some others believe.
I think their is a lot of room for development in the current listed players we have and I think in a year or two we will start to see something closely resembling a top four midfield.
Some may be skeptical but when I go through our young mids we currently have on our list I feel that very few of them a performing the role that the club has them slated for and are still a year or two from starting to realise there potential.
Not factoring trading and drafting for the next two season I still see an opportunity for significant improvement if certain players are given more opportunity.
Parish - Is currently being developed in more outside role to compliment his strengths of winning the ball at stoppages. He's probably undersize for a inside mid but has courage and has very good hands. Probably the most one dimensional mids on our list but should play the midfield anchor role for the next ten years.
Begley - For mine this kid needs to start his midfield apprenticeship at VFL level before the year is out. Has a big body and works his way through traffic very well. Has nice speed and plays to hurt. One factor that plays well into Wooshas midfield rotations is that this kid can play forward while resting and be a very dangerous forward in the Dangerfield mould. If he develops as I think he will then I believe he can be another to be in our midfield.
Merrett - Not much to be said here. Can do everything. Playing more a quaterback role this year but I suspect we will see him push further forward this year and be the guy delivering to the forwards more.
Langford - I haven't lost faith in this kid yet. I think he will be very dangerous coming off the back of the square or off a wing and has all the tools to be star if given time to develop, and also with more support around him. I know people are giving up on him but i still firmly believe he has a massive future. Again, fits the Woosha mould of being able to play forward also which is great for losing opponents or rotating with teammates to create mismatches.
McGrath - Looks a star to me. Explosive and committed to the team things. Potential top ten player.
Laverde - haven't seen enough of him playing midfield but hopefully he develops that part of his game. Could be a great winger in my opinion with his speed and marking ability.
Factoring in these guys along with Fantasia and Walla rotating through and our current captain I think that we have the capacity to cause great headaches and could see us competing with the big dogs sooner than people might believe. We still have Mutch, Redman and Clarke developing also and hopefully they can provide depth.
We do need to add more depth but I think this is a great foundation for what could be a very exciting midfield.