So, now might be a good time to review what the future looks like for the list.
We have had 2 pre-season, and 1 real game, to give us a peek at where we are right now.
We’ve seen some changes to the way we play under the new coaching group, seemingly a step forward and promising for the future.
We’ve seen BZT at senior level, but we have seen precious little else in the way of young players to whom we can look for real improvement.
We have a good core of players in the 23 to 27 age group, without having any real stars of the competition (no players in HS top 50).
I don’t see any realistic likelihood that we will be anything better than middle of the road for the next couple of years, and beyond that we are going to need an unusually high success rate in the development of our young VFL players to become a better than average team anytime soon. Players like Mozzie, Cahill, McQuillan are all long shots at the moment. We need a couple of them to become very good.
Most concerning for me, is we have a group of KP players who are either coming to the end (Hooker, Hurley, McKernan) or who have a big question mark against whether they have a future with us (Daniher!! Stewart).
We have BZT, Jones, McBride, Gown as possible KP players, and Draper, Bryan and Crauford as possible ruckmen.
Given every last one of our untried young players was drafted at 30+, it would be optimistic to expect that there will be a high strike rate of finding anything better than average to good players out of the group.
We aren’t at rebuild stage, but we need some serious success at the draft in the next couple of years. Trading some of our established good players might become a necessary evil.