No he hasn’t. They most definitely had a poor run with injury last year. You’re contorting yourself to say otherwise.
If we were without those equivalent players we would have been having a massive whinge. To steady and win enough games to finish top 4 was a big effort and proved they were clearly playing for the coach and had better depth than they thought at the start of the season.
Treloar (one of their best mids misses most of the second half of the season) --> Brayden Sier who hadn’t played a game steps up and looks like a gun.
Lose both Darcy Moore AND Ben Reid for much of the year. Both of whom would have been pencilled in as starting Key Position players at the beginning of the year --> Brody farking Mihocek comes in and plays a role at CHF.
Don’t get a game out of their livewire small forward Jamie Elliot --> Jayden Stephenson plays all year and wins the rising star
Add to that losing 2 MORE guys who had were playing as Key Position Defenders in their makeshift backline Lynden Dunn and Matt Scharenberg (due to the absence of Reid and Moore he was forced to play above his height) both to ACL’s
Throw in a mid who the year prior was one of their better performers when fit, Wells, barely played a game.
Goldsack whilst on the periphery of their best 22 tested their depth further being out for the whole H&A season.
Then a guy like Howe who had been great for them misses the last month or so of footy but they dealt with that as well. Varcoe who was a best 22’er missed about 5 or 6 weeks mid year.
There were a few others like Fasolo, Broomhead etc that don’t really rate a mention but eroded their depth even that slight bit more.
Point is, they didn’t have a great run, especially losing structurally important players yet managing to adapt and play according to who they did have out on the park.