The Steele of the trade period
That’s right. The Saints only parted with a second round pick for this beast! Incredible.
Former Giant Jack Steele has now moved on down to Seaford to get more opportunities at AFL level after terrorising the opposition at the NEAFL level.
Turning just 21 in December, Steele is still very young and a breakout season could be just around the corner.
Drafted in 2014 as a second round pick from the GWS Academy, Steele was often compared to Robbie Gray in his draft year. This was due to his ability to be a damaging midfielder able to make an impact on the scoreboard as well.
He may have only averaged 63.8 in Supercoach last year, but there is no doubt that he was starved for opportunity swimming in the vast GWS talent pool.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$347,100|
|Games in 2016:||10 (9 in the NEAFL)|
|Average in 2016:||63.8|
|100+ games in 2016:||0|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||7|
|Price range in 2016:||$300K-$356K|
|Missed games last season:||
The stats don’t show it yet, but Jack Steele is bound to be an AFL Beast. Its just a matter of when. He averaged 36 disposals and 8 tackles at NEAFL level. To go along with it, he also kicked 15 goals in 10 games played for some big Supercoach numbers. Remember he was only 20 last season. Still, Steele couldn’t crack a regular spot at a powerful GWS.
Steele has played less than a full season in both of his two years at AFL level. In most cases he simply missed because he was pushed out of the 22 by players deemed to be more valuable to the team on matchday. Only his foot surgery around the Giants finals campaign has been his major injury so far.
As mentioned, Steele is still relatively young. There is an article called “Identifying the Next Supercoach Beast” from Jock’s Supercoach magazine from the 2015 pre season.
It shows that most of the premium Supercoach players broke out either in their 3rd or 4th season. It maybe Steele’s 3rd season but that doesn’t mean he will have a breakout year.
Also, foot surgery or any kind of surgery is not a good thing for a young player like Steele to go through. This could affect him for the rest of his career and the amount of games he plays.
Jack Steele still a fortnight away from starting to run again after foot surgery. https://t.co/SALpVoHUoP
— AFL (@AFL) November 3, 2016
Well you wouldn’t be picking a Steele as MID (if he gets DPP), only as a forward. If he averages about 80, there wouldn’t be too much cash to be made if he starts at $345k – probably $100k at the most which is not enough. To be a reasonable selection by the end of the season he would probably need to average over 85.
- New club, new opportunity
- Proven pill collector and goalkicker
- Could be a good POD with so many midpricers
- Is he going to breakout?
- Only averaged 63.8 last year
- Foot surgery is not a good sign for a youngster
- There are many midpricers for Supercoach in 2017
Look, Steele is definitely a talented player as he has shown at NEAFL level the past two seasons. Can that translate into AFL level? I reckon it will sometime but not sure when. Even if we didn’t pick him and he breaks out, we can still trade him in a relatively good price.
With the nightmares of some of last season’s midpriced fails still on our minds, Steele would have to a strong pre season to earn a spot in my team.
Can Steele breakout in 2017?
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