The Rise of the Forgotten Selwood?
by Billy Friend
I’ll cut straight to the chase with this one community. Before he was struck down by injury, Scott Selwood produced two consistent 100+ scoring seasons with the Weagles. Coming into 2017, he’s priced at an average of 74 with a tasty discount. If he can replicate his past form he will be a valuable stepping stone to upgrade to an uber premium.
But can he do it at the Cattery?
Scott has the physical attributes of his brother, which is pretty handy at the highest level. He’s as rough as guts and is always willing to put his head on the chopping block to scrap for his team. He has been concussed a few times in the past due to this kamikaze approach so playing 22 games has been a struggle for him recently (has done it before however in 2011 and 2012.) His injury history is a gigantic concern as he seems to pick up regular niggles that he can’t shake off.
Last year it was a pestering ankle injury that kept him out for two months longer than first anticipated so we will need a bit of luck from the SuperCoach Gods if he is to stay fit. By all reports, he is dominating this preseason with a real determinate mindset and is primed to bounce back to his best form:
“Look for him to really dominate next year” – Jackson Thurlow on teammate Scott Selwood. https://t.co/oksmAthtRq
— AFL (@AFL) December 24, 2016
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|Games last season:||3|
|Average last season:||74|
|100+ games last season:||11 (high: 143)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4 (low: 46)|
|Price range last season:||$310K – $323K|
|Missed games last season:||
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The key consideration with Scott is the role that his coach asks him to fulfill for the team. Will he be a lock down tagger or will he match up on the oppositions best player, trying to peel off to get his own pill? If Brad Scott chooses the latter, Selwood could just sneak up on us community. Remember what Coniglio did in that role last year? I bet you do. Prior to Coniglio, Selwood was the king of tagging without really tagging.
Coaches are turning to these players more and more recently, so why can’t Selwood join blokes like Tom Mitchell and the Italian Stallion into premium territory? With a big preseason under his belt, he’ll walk into the Geelong midfield with no problems at all, hopefully feeding the ball out to Danger and co. from the trenches. Speaking of the trenches, he LOVES to tackle. Tackles = points. Points = One step further towards avoiding imminent madness from SuperCoach stress. Imagine laughing on the couch watching Scott rack up 100s for your SuperCoach team whilst O’Meara and Swallow do stuff all. Sweet isn’t it community. Unfortunately, I think all we will be doing here is imagining.
The biggest risk for mine is Scott’s role in the Geelong team. He wasn’t peeling off his opposition mid at the arse end of last year, so why should anything change? If he continues with this role, expect 80s community, at best!
His injury history has to be mentioned but I must say this is a risk that you sometimes must take in this game. Still scares the shit out of me though.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
- Has shown his best produces 100+ consistent scores
- Loves to tackle and collect contested possies
- Is “flying” this preseason (..but aren’t they all?!)
- Will play a big role for Geelong in 2017
- Has a significant injury history
- Has played just 27 regular season games in 3 seasons.. in the meantime the game has changed!
- With Dangerfield and Joel Selwood (add Sam Menagola to that mix) , is there a need for a Scooter to collect more pill?
- Might play an old fashioned lock down tagging role
Scott is a classic stepping stone with a pinch of POD. We are hoping that he hits the ground running and appreciates 150-200k so we can trade him to a fallen premium. If this does not occur, we will be stranded with a mid priced spud in the midfield and will be forced to make a structural change to our team (an unmitigated disaster). The stakes are high with this selection, a make or break pick.
This is the easiest decision I’ve had to make so far community. I will not be going anywhere near this bloke in 2017. I recognise his potential, but the midfield spots are far too valuable to give him a run. The risk outweighs the reward.
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