Gaff is interesting. He is certainly not the inside/outside player we’d all love, he’s not even the defensive animal with skills we need. He’s also very susceptible to being tagged. But he can run hard, both ways all day and use it well.
Essentially he’s a younger Stanton with a bit more pace.
I like the idea of adding another lefty, I like the idea of him freeing up Zerret to play a little higher up the ground and I like the idea of it being impossible to contain all of him Zerret and Zaha.
It’s not the perfect solution but he’s the right age. Our ability to pull it off probably depends on what happens in the next 4 weeks. If we were parting with a pick 12ish and Howlett or colyer I’d take it. But I wouldn’t want to pay overs on his contract. I reckon he’s sort of an elite role player rather than a superstar.
On The subject of clearances and the need to get bigger bodies I’m far from convinced that is the issue. Our clearance fortunes have gone up and down this year on the back of tbells performances. If anything our lack of pace through the stopagges is what hurts us. Ryder spoiled us and allowed us to get away with playing immovable boulders at his feet safe in the knowledge the ball would come down their throats. We need to improve our movement through stoppages and we need to take away the movement of our opponents better. The dogs destroyed us by roving to tbell.
I very much like what we are seeing from Draper and I think in hepp Langford and parish we have a core inside team adequately appointed. Myers should be depth imo and hopefully in the future Begley can rotate through.
Kelly is the two way inside outside player I want but given the choice between say gaff and miles I don’t have to think very hard about it.