I don’t think it’s impossible if he stays injury free, . and I think Hepp going out might have been a blessing in disguise as far as he’s concerned, … he had to step up, and he did, … which IIRC, he did similarly when Jobe went out with the hip a few years back, … (his best year was it … ?) he seems to flourish with responsibility, … when he;s “the” guy that simply has to.
Awaiting the replay to make a better judgement on the rest, … but it’s pretty hard to fault his game today based on his figures, … 29 (or 28??) disposals, which is equal top for the day or 1 off it, … led 1% ers, led Clearances, Led Ins 50’s, Led CP’s, … 4 marks.
I’d love to see him stay thereabouts and improve, … and there’s still a lot of Hockingesque stuff he does off the ball that regularly goes unnoticed when he’s playing the 2nd Banana role too IMO.
About to turn 29, … so if he stays uninjured, there’s every chance he could produce his best ever footy over the next 18 months, … and it’d be fkn wonderful if he did.