New city, new home. Can Lids turn back the clock?
We all know that Deledio was a Supercoach & AFL Fantasy beast in his prime at the Tigers. Injuries have gotten the better of him the last few seasons and this has affected his scoring output. By the time the season starts, Lids will be 30 making him that much more fragile.
But now he is at a new team…
Sick of getting an earful from Crouching and the mob down at Tigerland, Deledio made the move up north to GWS in the last few minutes of the trade deadline. A team filled with young talent all over the ground, Deledio could be the guy the young Giants need for experience which could be good news for Supercoach in 2017.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$516,900|
|2017 Est. Position:||FWD|
|Games last season:||11|
|Average in 2016:||95|
|100+ games last season:||4|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range in 2016:||$489K – $609K|
|Missed games last season:||
In his earlier days Brett Deledio was known as a rebounding defender. With his recent switch as a forward and training at Crouching’s gym, he has found a new lease of life averaging 112.8 Supercoach points in 2015. Even though he didn’t hit those heights in 2016, Deledio should be on track to average pretty well with his new team.
Deledio still has that desire to play at his best again as per the Herald Sun: “I just wanted to reinvigorate myself and get back out there and play for the love”. Promising signs in the Deledio revival in 2017.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) October 20, 2016
As already mentioned Deledio has succumbed to injuries the past couple seasons missing 16 games the past 2 years. Although, he did only miss 7 games in the 10 years before that. He will be 30 next year which probably means he won’t get any better with injuries.
Another problem is the talent already on the GWS squad. Greene, Stevie J, Smith are just some of the other forwards that could impact Lids’ game.
A big question with Deledio is can he get back up to his 100+ average? Most of us might think he can only get better from last seasons’ disappointment, but most of the time players’ Supercoach averages usually drop off when they’re over 30.
The glory days. That is what we should be expecting from the former Tiger. Could be like a Barlow like pick from 2016 hoping for him to deliver the goods like he did in 2012 and 2015 (hopefully he does a bit better than Barlow though). I would think from a premo forward, an average of around 95+ would be respectable.
- Averaged 100+ from 2008 to 2015 including 110+ in 2012 and 2015
- Has joined a new team with more motivation to play well
- Capable of collecting a lot of the pill, good for Supercoach terms (Averaged 23.1 a game)
- $90k cheaper than what he started at last season
- One word, INJURIES. Missed 16 games over the past two seasons with injuries
- Is on the wrong side of 30
- A lot of talent and depth at GWS, might be hard to have the same role as at Richmond
GWS have a lot talent and quality with Stevie J, Greene, and Smith. I’m not sure how Deledio can fit into that, but he is not any ordinary player.
As a GWS supporter, it is exciting to bring a player like Deledio to the club, but I can’t see him reaching the 110+ heights of the past due to injuries and the players around him. But he could average a solid 90-100 odd which is decent for a forward, but I can’t see him playing every game of the season.
Can the old Lids return community?
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