With the Neeld news it is clear that the dominoes have started to fall. Here is what I feel the rest of the season should be judged against:
ONE - Implement a game plan that fits the list
Yes, we are missing the 1-2 contested ball kings in the mid-field but that is no reason to rollover and die. We desperately need to put the players in a position to succeed with the teammates they have on the field. Kick it long, present hard, pressure like crazy.
TWO - Be ruthless at the selection table
This season is over in terms of contending for a finals spot. So, make some lemonade from these lemons. Use the next 14 matches to get games into players like Laverde, Langford, Clarke, Guelfi. And, at the same time figure out who is not going to cut it. That way, Dodoro can plan accordingly for drafting and trading.
THREE - Identify players we are willing to trade out
I love one-club players as much as the next one-eyed fan but the harsh reality as shown by the Swans, Hawks, Tigers, and Crows is that you have to be willing to move on players in their prime in order to set yourself up for the future. Which veterans are we willing to let go? And don’t tell me Goddard as his currency is low given his age.
Define how they want to be known
Simplify and articulate the plan
Gain buy in
All bets are off in terms of reputation, you play your role or you ply your trade at a Windy Hill
Find out about the list, at the end of this year we must know more about Langford, Laverde, Redman, Ridley, Clark at a minimum.