I warned him about this bloody LARS caper. Round 1, 2011. He’s had a solid first year at the Lions in 2010 after leaving West Coast. Has has a good 2011 preseason. Then bloody SNAP. Brent snaps his ACL after barely buttering a crumpet for the season.
He wants to get back as quick as he can so he goes in for this rubbish bloody LARS surgery. Some bloke bungs a lacka band in there and reckons it’ll stand up to the cut and thrust of the AFL. Pigs arse. BANG she goes again when he returns in round 17.
Brent hasn’t played since. But he has been solid this pre season after a very long recovery campaign… and he is on target to be hunky dory come round 1 2013.
- 2013 Price: Supercoach: $128,000, Dreamteam: $132,600
- 2013 Position: DEF/FWD
- 2012 averages: stuffed knees, didn’t play
- 2011 averages: 67 SC, 54 DT (7 games)
- 2010 averages: 88 SC, 74 DT (22 games)
- Age: 28
Well this is a hard one to overlook.
- Best case scenario: He has a solid pre season. Plays a role in the NAB and gets through unscathed. He returns to his 2010 form and taps out an average of around 90 Supercoach points and 75 Dreamteam. We’ve payed rookie money for him and our trousers are bursting at the zip. He slots in as a nice 6th defender or forward and slides onto the bench for coverage later in the season. Ideally though we’ve traded him out and are we’re backstroking as naked as the day we’re born in ccaaassshhhhhhhh.
- Worst case scenario: He goes down in the first 12 seconds of round 1 with a shattered pelvis which requires 27 pins and 2 years on the sidelines. Or maybe a knee. We’re shattered. But who cares we have 30 trades so we trade sideways for a rookie back who has emerged.
- Likely scenario: He gets through at least 6 games in the first half of the season… enough for us to make some cash off him if nothing else.
Brent could be one of the most selected cheap players of the 2013 season if he survives preseason and the NAB. If fit he is a much required key position player at the Brisbane Lions and his job security will be supreme. Fitness is of course the big question here so I will be watching him with interest over the coming months. Wish him the best of luck – a fantastic fellow and a talent that has not been allowed to fully develop.
If he’s names for round 1 he will be a very likely started in the backline for JR Brumby FC.