There was a lot of frustration on the message boards regarding Todd Goldstein in 2016. 29% of us shelled out 695k at the beginning of the year and we expected results goddammit!
Maybe we were looking at him to reproduce his trouser arousing 2015 season where he averaged 128 and rewrote the record books, smashing Gary Dempsey’s 30 year old record for the most hit outs in a season and causing many declarations of love when you whacked the C on him.
Stats wise, his numbers were down across the board in 2016. He lost his #1 ruck mantle to Max Gawn this year, averaging less disposals, marks, hitouts, and tackles when compared to his freakish 2015. You shouldn’t write the great man off community, class is permanent and here’s hoping his offseason break and Christmas turkey has given him enough rest to reload for 2017.
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||108.1|
|100+ games last season:||12 (high score: 173)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (low score: 52)|
|Price range last season:||$491,000 (round 23) – 695,000 (round 1)|
|Missed games last season:||
There’s not a whole lot. Those missed games have been spread over the years, Todd simply doesn’t get injured (I’ve probably just jinxed the bloke). He’s consistent too, averaged at least 106 for the past 4 years. There was definitely a period though the year where Todd was playing injured, a certain someone in the community would predict that he would be a late withdrawal every bloody week only to be proven right once and then was an insufferable dick about it. He’s much too important for North not to give him time off if he needed it. His injury troubles don’t worry me.
Just as we’re heading towards a resounding YES, I’m gonna throw a curve ball in. There’s the continued emergence of Majak Daw. Here’s what happened they were selected together in 2016.
We know what can happen when blokes start sharing ruck duties (Stefan bloody Martin anyone?) Majak has managed 24 games in 4 seasons at Norf. He turned his back on several rival clubs and signed a three year deal during the year. North have Daw in their plans, it’s something you’ll need to keep an eye on during the preseason.
Once again Todd will be a keeper premium selection in 2017. Lock him in and forget about it. The real question is who to start alongside him? Gawn? Grundy? Sandi? Big Stiffy Martin? Sauce? Other?
- Under 600k for a proven super premo
- North are way too reliant on him. Unlikely to miss games even if he’s carrying a niggle
- Gets amongst it without giving away silly free kicks
- Will Majak play more and stuff things up?
- Are those niggles a sign of his age catching up with him? (He’s only 28, I’m reaching here!)
- There was all sorts of innuendo flying around about Todd putting little Todd in places he shouldn’t. Will this become a distraction for him in 2017?
We all love a bargain but the rucks are the wrong place to take a gamble. If your mid price SHARK MOVE fails then it’s bloody hard to get in a top ruck
LOCK HIM IN.
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