Not sure how Conor is tracking this pre-season. He has not been a "standout" in the intraclubs so far whereas Marty was superb in one , and good in another.. But He is one to watch tomorrow.
As a defender, Conor is more a man on man player, not an interceptor like say, Marty or Matty Dea, but Conor is far far more attacking than either of these players. Matty is a defensive interceptor and outlet player, same with Marty, and they are both good in their own right. But if you want a player to replace the run off half back of Hibbo , and the desire to attack and approaching elite disposal inside 50, that Tippa gave us last year. Conor is the go.
Pops Kelly probably has the other "half back flank" position locked in.
Good post, Hibbo is a huge loss to us. Was shattered to see him go, was in our top 4 most valuable players IMO. I agree with all that you said. Tippa was great down back. But lacked the intercept marking ability that hibbo has. Hibbo was a the full well rounded half back flanker.
To the people last year saying how its the easiest position to play and the easiest type of player to find have NFI. To be a genuine HBB You need to be a full rounded player.
Not beaten one on one.
Good intercept mark
Read the play to cut off attacks (use intercept marking)
Know when to run off your man and create play, vs stay on him
Know when to attack, and take the game on.
Have elite disposal by hand and foot.
know when to take risks and hit targets under pressure.
Gleason is the stand out the moment, can take the game on and uses it pretty well. But lacks a bit in speed, strength and is not yet damaging enough when it comes to disposal. Its hard to see where the improvement from Dea can come from (is useful depth though). Conor has big upside and all the skills but a long way to go in reading the play and knowing what to do in given situations. Only experience can teach this. Our best hope McG but he is probably a couple of years off yet. The best HBF defend well, cut off attacks, while cutting the other team to pieces running the other way. Not easy to find players like JJ, Heath Shaw, or Hibbo.