Relevant for our recruiting strategy and those who think we’re closer to a flag than we really are…
BOMBERS NOT READY FOR FLAG FAIRYTALE
ESSENDON great Tim Watson doesn’t believe the Bombers are capable of replicating the Western Bulldogs and Richmond’s fairytale premierships.
The Bombers made a surprise return to finals this year after finishing last in 2016 in the wake of the club’s supplements scandal suspensions.
The Bulldogs and Tigers broke long droughts in 2016 and 2017 but Watson - a three-time premiership Bombers - said it was highly unlikely his club could follow suit.
“If that’s the new way to play, we are a long way away from being able to produce that consistently so we are able to compete for a flag,” Watson told SEN.
“You can fall into the eight or you can find your way into the eight because you have a draw that might be a bit favourable to you and I think that’s what happened with Essendon.
“I would think we are a fair way off being able to compete for a flag based on what I’ve seen over the weekend and from what I saw over the course of the season for the Bombers.
“That’s one of the great challenges now. I think Essendon play a great brand of football. It’s open, it’s lively and it’s exciting, but the gap between attack and defence is too broad for me as an Essendon fan to think we can be a flag contender at the end of next year.”
Richmond became the first club in VFL/AFL history to come from 13th the previous year and win the premiership. Essendon finished eighth this year.
Instead, Watson nominated the club that finished 13th this year, Collingwood, to be the big surprise.