The ex-giant with big expectations
First off – Afl draft 2013, pick 14, GWS – Cam McCarthy.
Let it be a lesson to all clubs that it’s better to stick with home grown talent to avoid the modern day scourge of homesickness that is plaguing our footballers. Screw “beyond blue” Kennett – lets get together with Bob Gedolf and assemble a benefit concert the likes of which we’ve never seen. Homesickness must be stopped! But seriously what a wasted pick GWS..
Even more mind boggling was the fact that Cam was then allowed to train with South Fremantle. But I digress. He arrives at the Dockers, who payed far less to acquire him than previously offered, as a sure fire starter in a forward line bereft of scoring power.
Having sat out the year he comes in rookie priced, but buyer beware – he’s only played 21 games in his career thus far, so he’s far from the finished product.
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Young key forwards are notoriously underachieving and inconsistent. But this should not deter you from starting Cam Mac on your bench up fwd. With the retirement of The Pav, all eyes will be on him, sure his ceiling to floor ratio is large, but he’s a cash cow if ever there was one. And remember – he’s a Docker fan. So he’ll want to perform. And his team badly needs him too.
A highest score of 125 in 2015 suggests he’ll go large a few times a season, he was only 20 odd at the time, so there’s plenty of promise. It is just a matter of whether or not Ross Lyon – hey don’t walk out me !!!! Whether he, can get the best out of him and produce attacking returns. The Pav ended up averaging 78 and was priced at 400k in last year’s “flag tilt”. So if Cam can mirror that my friends…..
- Guaranteed starter
- Will definitely make you money
- Is cheap enough to start on your bench
- Spent a year out of the AFL
- Questionable ceiling
- Could have an attitude problem – honestly – homesickness? Pffft.
No massive fan fare here boys. It’s just an Optus sponsored “Yes”. He’s worth the 200k outlay because he’s guaranteed a full season if fit. Lock him in and cash out when you’re ready.
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