Supercoach 2015 – Tom Boyd

Filed in Supercoach, Supercoach 2015, Western Bulldogs by on November 3, 2014 • views: 3141

Slum dog Millionaire: The Brilliant Acquisition of Thomas Boyd

Mark my words. Every club in the country was circling but thinking next year was the time to offer Tom Boyd & Jeremy Cameron the contract of a lifetime. But one team broke rank.

The Western Bulldogs were in turmoil. The captain said trade me to GWS or I am retiring. Brownlow medalist Adam Cooney said trade me, I’m out. And the coach was forced to pull the pin or get sacked. That’s an unfathomable crisis. If that happened at one of the big Melbourne clubs it would have been half the Herald Sun paper for 6 months! But the Doggies held an ace up the sleeve that no one saw coming!

Next year they will smash their membership record & there will be bums on seats like never before. Enter junior prodigy Thomas Boyd.

GWS was probably quietly chuffed Bulldogs Captain Ryan Griffen had agreed to join then. Little did the Giants realise that the Doggies had hatched a plot against them. And it was to deliver them the most savage reach around in the history of the game. Steal Tom Boyd after he just walked in the door.

How the doggies’ hierarchy & Liam Pickering went about this was nothing short of genius. Plan A: Clear massive salary cap room ie: Griffen, Cooney, Higgins, Gia & Jones, Plan B: offer Tom Body a contract so unbelievably ludicrous it’s impossible to say no. Plan C: Trap GWS, so they have no choice but to let him go. The execution was a master class lesson on how to get your man!

When Ryan Griffen came out & stated he wanted a trade to GWS the Bulldogs could hardly have believed their luck. Putting on the persona of being hard done by was just a charade. What they had was significant trade bait for the man they so desperately needed!

The genius of what the Doggies & Pickering did was waiting till the very end of the trade period to make the Tom Boyd offer public. If this name & offer had come on day one can you imagine the frenzy & names & picks thrown onto the table? Surely given time St Kilda would have thrown Pick 1 & first born children into the deal & Reiwoldt would have instantly forgotten. Melbourne would have offered pick 2 & 3 & anyone you want on the list. Derek & Eddie wanted Tom Boyd & were caught asleep at the wheel trying to get the best they could for Beams. The other club seriously tracking his movements was Carlton (his childhood club he supported), but they were busy raiding GWS for other players. They wouldn’t have had the salary cap space to get near the Bulldogs offer. But they thought like the rest of the AFL he was next year’s target! Nobody had any time to react & join the race. And that was part of the Doggies plan no doubt.

The heist of Tom Boyd was not a spur of the moment decision between Peter Gordon & Liam Pickering over Chinese one night in trade week. Plenty of planning & Pickering would have had the offer well in advance. He had Buddy’s contract a year before it went public. The plan was announce the bombshell offer to the end of trade week & then corner GWS into only being able to deal only with them.

With barely any time left in the trade period news became public of the incredible offer that Tom Boyd had in front of him. Straight away GWS got on the front foot & declared Tom Boyd “untradeable”. With maybe a day left in trade period Pickering applied the checkmate move. He publicly declared to the country that Tom Boyd would not sign another contract with GWS under any circumstances. He’s going home.

Suddenly the Giants realised they faced 2 catastrophic problems. The first was Pickering could put him in the preseason draft next year & GWS would get nothing! Given the Doggies had rid lots of senior talent they would be a low finisher. And a very early preseason draft pick which most likely no one could match. The second was there was no time left to open discussions with the rest of the teams! They had no choice but to take Griffen, pick 6 & part of Griffins salary. It’s still a pretty good deal for GWS with an unproven player. But losing last year’s top talent 11 months later must have an element of pain. But it was absolute genius by the Doggies & Pickering to get him to the Kennel.

The Western Bulldogs had “an exciting young list”. Now they have possibly “the most exciting young list”. Cooney & Griffen were probably not going to be around when they had a shot at the title, so ta da & thanks fellas.

2015 Price: $239,500
2015 Position: FWD
Games last season: 9
Average last season: 44.6
100+ games last season: 0
Sub 80 games last season: 9
Price range last season: $217k – $241k
Missed games last season: N/A
Significant history: Number 1 Draft pick 2013. As a junior he was seen as a once in a generation Power Forward. Time will tell if he is. His pay check indicates the Dogs think so.

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Risk Factor

He is a developing key forward & not likely to score well in SC. And the attention he is going to get from the Melbourne media means he might shit himself.

The Good

  • Absolute Elite Junior.
  • Can kick goals.

The Bad

  • KPP
  • Won’t get much of the pill.

Selection Purpose

I just can’t make any case for selection in 2015.

Final Verdict

If you went to a drawing board & mapped out the perfect power forward, it’s Tom Boyd. He has it all. Great hands, great kick & reads the play. And he’s a big bastard already. I think the most comparable player to him is Tom Hawkins, but more talented. If Boyd stays healthy he will be a nightmare for opposition coaches eventually. I can foresee at the peak of his powers opposition teams will have to put their best 2 defenders on him. And even then that might not be enough.

Quite seriously every club was going to throw the kitchen sink to get Tom Boyd at the end of next season. The bulldogs went a year early & hoodwinked everyone. Given his rights to go to the preseason draft with whatever price tag on his head he wanted GWS had to take what they could get now. It took a lot of 0’s in the checkbook to get him, & a contract the likes that for a 1st year player may never be seen again. But well played Doggies!

But for heaven’s sake don’t get caught up in the hype & put him in your team. First of all he is a Key position forward who we all know do not provide consistent output. And of course he’s still a kid, barely 19 & he will be carrying the hopes of the West firmly on his significant shoulders. Will he exceed his 240k odd price tag, probably. Will he appreciate enough to make some coin, unlikely.

As excited as I am for the Doggies for pulling of this coup it’s a firm NO for Tom Boyd & Supercoach 2015 relevance. Beyond that who knows.
With Jeremy Cameron putting talks on hold till 2015 (when his contract expires) one can only imagine the offers he’s going to get! Buddy’s contract might look like chump change! Someone will put 10 years & 15 Million on the table mark my words.

Whats your call on Tom Boyd in 2015?

Pieman

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  1. throttlefinger says:

    Love that title, Pieman. And apt. I'm not as sold on him. See him having the tools but not the X factor. Know I'm in the minority, but was happier GWS got Cam McCarthy than I was Boyd. Cam has that big play ability. Saw it in the TAC final and the Giants' last game.

    But Boyd will help the Bulldogs. For us coaches, he's much like Cameron. More relevant as a fan than a coach. Although that line about Cameron leaving my Giants sent a shiver. Rawkin' review, my friend.

    • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

      Thanks Throts. It's not the end of the world losing Boyd. And Cam McCarthy could be anything. If Cameron doesn't sign soon it will become a circus.

      • throttlefinger says:

        Agree. Major unrest if they don't re-sign Cameron. He IS their future.

        And Treloar rumors are true, that will start to take blocks from their talent foundation.

        Again, loved the deep dive into Boyd. Interested to see how well he responds to the pressure. Sure he'll start like Buddy and crumble a bit. See how he reacts when facing the abyss.

        • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

          Think it will come down to wins & progress next year. This is the defining year for GWS, it's make or break make no mistake. Significant improvement & plenty of wins will have the boys resigning by the truck load. But less than 7-8 wins & I can see a mass exodus. I'm sure the AFL heirarchy are quietly sh*ting themselves!

          • throttlefinger says:

            Agree. If they don't improve by 2-3 games this season, players will be start rethinking the long term plans.

            And as a member, I will be shatting massively if they can't jump 2 spots or more on the ladder. Feel they have enough tools to make the finals. Hell, if Tiges can, Giants should stand a chance.

  2. Significant piece Pie!Significant piece Pie!
    Bloody sensational read – and you hit the nail on the head. Definite NO for 2015!

    Imagine Jeremy Cameron at the pies in 2016….

    Excuse me while I relieve myself…

    • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

      Gee wizz TG that would send the arousel curve off the charts. Don't think for a second Eddie hasn't got the chequebook out. But I can assure you he won't be the only one. Boyd is a no for 2015 that's for sure.

  3. I need to re-read my comments before I submit!

    That's what I get for commenting at work -_-

  4. Kev says:

    Just to play devils advocate, he wouldn't be the worst F5-F6 to start with. Cheap forwards where a nightmare to pick this year (caddy/rohan). No secret that the dogs will line up around him in 2015, contested marking machine, and will stay on the ground (82%TOG in 2014). You'd think (hope) he'd slot at least 2-3 goals a game. Quick and dirty 100-150k price rise and jump off around the byes (dogs have round 11)

    In the same boat as Waters for mine. These type of 'maybe' blokes who allow you to stack your mids

  5. General Soreness says:

    move aside Tolstoy the Pieman is here and he is oozing Supercoach brilliance. Ripping piece, POD’s are also who you don’t pick, avoiding Boyd could be a significant anti POD! Again ripping Pieman!

    • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

      Thanks General. It’s just a no. Make no mistake there will be hype like never seen before when it comes to doggy style.

  6. Creeker says:

    Great read Pieman ! Have no doubt that Boyd will be a gun down the track, but very doubtful for me next season.
    Interesting stat for you.
    22nd August 1995. Victoria held a state funeral for the Bulldog legend Ted Whitten.
    22nd August 1995. Tom Boyd was born.
    One former Bulldog great laid to rest, the same day there new boom recruit was born.

    • General Soreness says:

      Great work, significant omen!

    • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

      Wow creeker. That’s huge! Will that be the dogs banner in rnd 1 or is it too much for the young fella.

    • jockreynolds says:

      Stuff me. That's a significant statistic. Higgo would be proud of that one Creeker!

      • Creeker says:

        Cheers guys, yep, a spooky stat that one !
        Awesome site you have here Master Jock, I'm enjoying all the player previews.
        You have a brilliant team here. Well researched, with some wonderful journalism skills.
        Bloody great stuff.

  7. jockreynolds says:

    The Brilliant Acquisition of Thomas Boyd. One of the article titles of the decade. That's how bloody far I'm willing to go re: the titling of this fine piece The Man They Call Pieman. Wonderful stuff.

    Supercoach aside – I'm in the camp that says the Dogs have made a mistake here. A mistake. Yes they need a big forward and haven't had one since Kingdom Come. Yes he will be fantastic for marketing of the club. But there is one undeniable factor that will prove his worth and that's what he's got to give on the field of play.

    Would you cough up that much for a bloke whose proven he has the goods.. has say 40 games under him belt.. has shown how he can influence a contest? Maybe. Just Maybe. To cough up that much for a relative unproven is a risk of monumental proportion. I'm not doubting his talent. I'm doubting how thoroughly that talent has been tested where it counts – let alone with the weight of a club on his shoulders.

    Supercoach wise… No as well from me. Big bugger, FWD… not a point generator. No at this stage

    • Itchy Nuts Pieman says:

      To say they have way the farm jock is an understatement. They should have thrown that a Cameron. But I doubt GWS would have taken Griffen & pick 6 for him. Would have had to bought up Libba & Mcrae as well. Time
      Will tell on this one. They needed a big fish but they paid overs that’s for sure.

  8. Chicko says:

    Outstanding Pieman, eloquent, articulate and a definite no! What else could you ask for!

  9. lostlarrikin says:

    Great read Pieman.
    Almost felt like I was there in Pickering's pocket…feeling the tension, seeing the $ signs in Boydy's eyes, choking on lint balls.

    Will be interesting to see how GWS work on locking the flood gates.

  10. Phat Phuc says:

    Thanks Pieman this a great write up but why did you ignore the elephant in the room? Obviously Labour created the mess at the Western Bulldogs and Julia's fingerprints were all over them when we started to fix labours mess.
    Since Sir Tony started fixing Labours mess we've managed to start turning things around for the Bulldogs as well.

    Only Liberal could get the likes of Tom Boyd to the Bulldogs and it is proof that we do understand the poor people and what they want from their government.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to reassure Bombers Fans that we will fix the Labour ASADA mess before the 2015 season starts. This will obviously involve a small 80% increase in the 'ticket tax' for clubmembers earning less than $250k p/year.

  11. WombatsFC says:

    Pure Genius!
    I read the whole article on a player I have zero interest in and I nearly wet myself a few times.

    Keep it up pieman