Now I may appear to contradict myself, but I hadn’t considered our category B rookie in the pipeline. What you say aboods all makes sense, except I’m not sure Sammy’s body even could be sufficiently ready to take on the biggest AFL boys week in week out. So while Smack is not a top 2 ruck prospect, as a third stringer he’s not bad.
It will be a challenge when our new very raw category B rookie ruck prospect comes into the side and we don’t want to be caught out like we were in 2016 with too many players who can’t play a role besides ruck in the side. Having Jamar, Gach, Sam Michael and Smack in the VFL (with Smack having an injury hampered year last year in particular) this was problematic for the balance of the VFL side and trying to keep all these players in some sort of form, with all of them having their challenges (mostly to do with form and fitness, Gach to learn the craft, which didn’t work out).
Hopefully next year we can keep Leuey in form as one of our top 2 ruckmen, TBC in the AFL as things stand, Smack mainly forward, Sammy also hopefully developing as a KPP or at least a serious goal kicking ruck and we will be hoping for some prodigious development from our anonymous 6’ 8" ex cricketer and sometimes soccer player.
It would seem like Sammy might be up to being 3rd string, but if he got stuck carrying the ruck by himself, like Smack did in 2015, I think it would be too big an ask for a young body who hopefully will be in a state of punishment by his first ever full pre-season in an effort to begin to create a beast of untold strength and astounding capacities.