I think the two main areas for discussion are the backline, and the mids. As I said a while ago, the backline is partially dependent on who we’re playing - do they have wide roaming, mobile forwards, like the Crows and/or crumbers like Richmond, or the forward monsters like Hawkins.
So here goes;
For the first option
B: Baguely, Ambrose, Gleeson
HB: Saad, Hurley, McKenna
C: Zaharakis, Myers, McGrath
HF: Stewart, Joe D, Fanta
F: Smith, Hooker, Walla
R: Belly, Hepp, Zach Merrett
Int: Goddard (back & Mid), Parish, Stringer, Langford (as the inside interchange for Myers)
Ambrose is needed for blokes like Lynch or Tex - I’d back Gleeson’s marking and drive over Jenkin’s cheap efforts.
Side two is for the relatively few sides that have monster key forwards, and tend to play tall there - Geelong, Sydney (especially on the SCG), GWS if they persist with 3 tall forwards.
B: Saad, Hartley, Ambrose
HB: McKenna, Hurley, Gleeson
Rest as above.
I could be convinced on the long grounds - Geelong, Perth that we need more pace (as well as lead up forwards) -in which case only one of Langford / Myers gets a gig and Colyer, Begley, Mutch, LaVerde or Greene come into the picture.
Anyway, money where the mouth is, and there is always a left field break out player - Francis? Redman? Long?
Not a bad situation to be in.