Recruitment of a ruckman


#1281

Clarke would be very handy- he has presence- big and strong and mobile


#1282

Big and strong? Mobile and athletic sure, but he’s still a stick figure.


#1283

We need a mature back up to replace Burger
Clarke. Would be good


#1284

I sure hope we don’t bring in a ruck for 1 year and then delist him only to look for another 1 next year. Ideally it would be great to get 1 that gives us a few years of service.


#1285

I like the idea of recruiting Clarke. But maybe he’d refuse to come to Melbourne if his role was as a 1 year backup for Bellchambers and babysitter for Draper. I’m not sure on what WAFL players get paid, but wouldn’t he get paid more as a WAFL star than being on the bottom of the EFC food chain?


#1286

Watching old Billy Stateleaguer get torn apart by a good ruckman doesn’t sound any better than watching Stewart or McKernan get torn apart by a good ruckman, and they have the advantage of already being on our list.


#1287

I doubt he’d get more in the wafl


#1288

He is from Melbourne and the salary cap for a WAFL team is what an average AFL player makes


#1289

Ok well that solves that query then. I’m all for drafting Clarke to be the 3rd ruckman in line. I’d give Draper second spot until he proves that he’s not ready. You’d like to give Draper some games…but if he stinks it up at AFL, or we think it’s hurting his development, then it’s be nice to have Clarke as that backup.


#1290

And you reckon Clarke would go for that do you?


#1291

If no-one else has a better offer, why wouldn’t he?

Do you think we’re more likely to go with a youngster (maybe 20 ish) to try and develop and compete with Draper?


#1292

Wouldn’t Clarke have to go into draft anyway?

As such what he wants and where he fits in pecking order of the side who selects him irrelevant.


#1293

Oh yes, probably


#1294

It might be if he decides to retire straight after being drafted because he wants to stay in Perth


#1295

I dunno,

Maybe he’s happy in Perth

Maybe what we were offering re opportunity, contract length, role etc is not what he wants

Maybe he could think it’s not worth uprooting your life to be a last ditch fallback position

Any number of reasons really


#1296

It’s a gambit for him for sure, mckernan took the plunge and he’s done ok i would have thought


#1297

Realistically I suspect Apeness or Campbell might get an offer. However, they will be third in line.

I wonder what the plans for BIG LAV are? He looked to be a reasonable mover when I saw the televised games, hope he can get his body strong. Not sure if he is a ruck or key position prospect?

I wouldnt mid betting Jackets has a 2.5m ex Basketballer for a Cat B as well.


#1298

Hasn’t Apeness missed more games through injury than he’s played?
Hardly a great trend for someone that’s meant to be a reliable back up.


#1299

Maybe we should look at this other Werribbee bloke…!


#1300

Imagine upgrading Smack for Brown.
Boy oh boy wowee.