I’m talking 11 footy seasons from the time I first handled the pill as a 2 year old till I won my first senior premiership with the Karingal Bulls.
So when I see a bloke come to this country and take to the game so easily I sit up and take notice. And when I see a bloke come to this country, take to the game so easily and improve at the rate that Pearce Hanley has improved I become downright aroused.
This kid from the little dairy town called Ballaghaderreen in Ireland’s County Mayo is fair dinkum. And I’m telling you right now that we haven’t seen the best of what he has to offer.
Facts2014 Price (est): Supercoach $512,200, AFL Fantasy $464,000
2014 Position: MID/DEF 2013 averages: 96 SC, 86 DT (20 games) 2012 averages: 91 SC, 82 DT (22 games) 2011 averages: 83 SC, 80 DT (22 games) 2010 averages: 61 SC, 63 DT (9 games)
We saw The Irish Bull come out at the beginning of 2013 and go nuts. By round 10 he was averaging 112 Supercoach points and those that selected him were sitting pretty. By then however the degree to which this bloke can rip shreds off a team was out in the open. Brent Macaffer gave Pearce his first dose of the heavy tag. The effects were devastating.
He would go on to average just 67 Supercoach points between rounds 10 and 14. But do you reckon this gun would have gotten this far in AFL Footy this quickly if he was the kind of bloke to shut up shop when things got tough? Pigs arse. He did what he does best.
He learnt quickly. He worked hard. He again emerged like a bloody lotus flower.
He would go on to average 95 between rounds 16 and 23 despite playing just half a game against GWS and despite copping hard tags from the likes of Taylor Hunt, Daniel Cross, and Taylor Hine.
2014 Predicted Status: Premium
Predicted Average 2014: 98-108 SC
Selection Status: Will be very close to being selected as a defender in JR Brumby FC 2014
I believe this individual is something special. A competitive animal who time and time again demonstrates an incredible ability to learn, adapt, and grow. Have never seen anyone take to the game so naturally.
He will have consolidated what he learnt about the hard tag during the preseason and will emerge a very hard man to stop in 2014.
Now Barron Von Crow has him penciled in as a lock which is fair enough. Read his recent look at the Brisbane Lions fantasy relevant players here. But the only thing stopping Jock Reynolds from calling lock on this bloke is the fact that we have plenty of premiums available down back this season. But my word he will go close.
What’s your call?