Coach – Alastair Clarkson (temp)
Points For – 18th
Points Against – 18th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Jy Simpkin
- Bailey Scott
- Todd Goldstein
- Luke McDonald
2022 Rising Star Noms
Jason Horne-Francis - Round 7 - Port Adelaide
Ins – Griffin Logue, Darcy Tucker, Harry Sheezel, George Wardlaw, Brayden George, Cooper Harvey, Blake Drury, Hamish Free, Daniel Howe, Liam Shiels
Outs – Jed Anderson, Atu Bosenavulagi, Josh Walker, Tom Lynch, Kyron Hayden, Matt McGuinness, Patrick Walker, Jason Horne-Francis, Jared Polec
Clarko could be an absolute messiah but he is taking over the bottom team who should be rebuilding but have only produced one rising star nomination over the past two years and he has moved to Port Adelaide. It is a long way back and that is if thing go smoothly.
The backline is trash. I think Logue will come straight in and probably have to pick up a key position which doesnt play to his strengths but they are light back there. McKay is a quality player and just needs a solid run from his body. Aidan Corr still exists and is at North which is lucky because he probably doesnt get a game anywhere else. McDonald and maybe Tarryn Thomas will take care of the half back stuff. Its not inspiring.
The midfield is coming along. LDU and Simpkin are two players who can hold their heads up after last season and I think LDU may be their best player but the end of this year. Thomas will be looking for midfield minutes and they need Cunnington to find the fountain of youth. Tucker and Scott are solid, they could use Powell and Phillips turning into something like what was expected when drafted.
The forward line is an abomination. Nick Larkey looked ok in patches. Zurhaar threatens to be a good player although his best work is still done on social media. Sheezel will come straight in. Stephenson showed true colours as a lazy selfish turd and then you have Callum Coleman-Jones who is probably in their best 22.
Todd Goldstein is their best ruck although at times last year Xerri looked like he could play. Ruck certainly isnt their most pressing need (unless you consider Goldstein being really old as a concern). The coach is proven at Hawthorn and comes heree as a softer, cuddlier version of himself although also as a man who needs to fight of legacy destroying racist allegations.
All in all, its a crap list, being driven by a man who knows how to coach. It has however been a long time since he had to start from scratch without the gifts he got early doors at Hawthorn or the benefit of having a strong list when two new teams destroyed drafts for everyone else. I dont see a massive improvement in their list but they can’t get much worse. They will be bottom two this year.