JACK OF ALL THE HYPE?
While playing alongside Steele Sidebottom in the Bushrangers premiership year in 2008 Jack Ziebell averaged 18 disposals, 2 goals and 6 marks. You could see why North would have been gagging to pick him up at pick 9. Why then – after 6 seasons – have we not been picking this bloke?
He burst out of the blocks in his debut season in 2009 and was rewarded with a round 7 NAB Rising Star Nomination. He was labelled as a “superstar in the making” by his former coach Dean Laidley. However he has never really reached that hype on a consistent basis and a few factors play a bit role here.
|Games last season:||17 (H&A)|
|Average last season:||83.6|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7|
|Price range last season:||$373200 – $513600|
|Missed games last season:||5 (Rnd 3, 4&5 Shoulder, Rnd16&17 knee soreness)|
|Significant history:||Averages only 16 games a season with only 1 season playing more than 20 games.
2009 season was cut short (10) with a broken leg – average 60.4
2010 season was also cut short (14) with a broken leg – average 62.3
2011 season was 21 games at average of 79.0
2012 season was cut short (16) due to 6 games suspended (2 from end of 2011) –average 81.1
2013 season was cut short (18) due to 3 game suspension – average 95.2
2014 season was cut short (17) due to shoulder injury and knee soreness -average 83.6
After having shoulder surgery at the end of the season and set to return to the track after Christmas he would have to be in the big risk category after only being able to have 1 out of 6 seasons above 20 games.
I would only be selecting Ziebell if he manages to pick up DPP, maybe if you were going a 7/3 midfield then he could slot in but for that strategy I would assume you would be looking at safer picks.
- Averages 4.48 tackles per games over his career
- Won’t be tagged
- Loves the contested stuff
- Low scores can be really low
- Butchers the ball ( averages around 63% over his career)
- Injury and suspension history
Looking into Jack I can see the potential he could have as a Mid/Fwd (confirmed position MID/FWD), not sure I would have the testicular fortitude to pick him as a Mid only though. He could be one to keep an eye on during the pre-season especially with Levi moving to the pies but don’t get sucked in. He is a very good player for North but that doesn’t always translate to being a very good player for your supercoach team.
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