Has anybody forgotten that Hurley came back from the year off having done a fair bit of running and not a lot of muscle definition. Pretty fair chance he will be a lot stronger this year although has missed some pre-season after his 2 operations.
Hurley was able to keep Tredrea quiet in his first game and could out body Nick Riewoldt in his first season.
I don’t think Hurley would have lost his ability to play one on one when he needs to, but it would have been a function of some reduced strength and body on body fitness last year and he compensated by being a more attacking less physical player.
I think he will have more of that ability back in his game this year, and against a lot of sides a stronger Gleeson will be a viable option along with Ambrose, and as a back up, there is a fair chance we will be able to construct a threatening forward line without Hooker in it, between JD, JS, Stringer, Langers, Begley, Raz, Walla, Zerrett, Smith, BJ and Zacka.
FFS, Richmond managed a premiership with only one decent tall forward, if we can get our midfield working defence and attack will be boosted, and I think we can look forward to improvement in this area too.