It’s been an exhausting off-season.
Not long after the Hawks took out the premiership, we were knee deep in the free agency period.
Then trade period came along. Followed by the draft and now we sit on the border of 2014 almost a month out from SuperCoach returning again in 2014.
A wise man, sporting a moustache, once told me that Rome was not built in a day. We begin building the foundations of our road to glory now, and no better player to look at than the human Rolls Royce – Scott Pendlebury.
Facts2014 Price: $683,100
2014 Position: MID
2013 averages: 126.5 SC/112.4 DT
2012 averages: 124.8 SC/110.3 DT
2011 averages: 129.2 SC/116.6 DT
2010 averages: 110.5 SC/106.5 DT
I call Scott Pendlebury the human Rolls Royce because a) he is all class and b) he glides around the field with ease. The Collingwood captain-to be had a sensational 2013, averaging 29.9 disposals (going at 77% disposal efficiency, which is the best of the top 20 disposal getters in the league) and laying 119 tackles, which too was comfortably the best in the top 10 disposal getters).
Scott’s ability to win free kicks and the one %s was significantly high too. Averaging 1.7 a game, Scott was awarded more free kicks than Gary Ablett and his one %s were also greater than Ablett’s, third only to Sam Mitchell and Ryan Griffin. So statistically, Scott Pendlebury had the ability to influence the game at an elite level.
Supercoach wise, he was a safe selection. 2 scores under 100, which were a 96 v Fremantle, and a 92 v Western Sydney. If you really want to push it, Scott only had a further 4 scores below 110. So that makes it 17 games where Scott scored 110+.
Pendles is heading into what many perceive to be the “prime years” of your career. Turning 26 early New Year, natural progression suggests he’ll be even better than what his 2013 season reads. If he were to receive the captaincy, it would elevate his game to another level; such is the character of Scott.
What also should be noted is the burden of work Pendles will be shouldering. He is almost the linkman between the young midfield brigade coming through, and old warhorses like Swan and Ball. Add leadership, as mentioned above, and he could really tear next season to shreds.
2014 Predicted Status: Ultra-premium
Predicted Average 2014: 120-130 SC
Selection Status: Must have
Classy and a bloody good footballer, Scott Pendlebury is points in the bank and a safe bet. You know what you’re going to get and is one that you can select with no concerns about his performance.
His price at $683,100 is on the expensive side, so you could wait until he drops in value. But on the flipside, if you’re waiting for both Gaz and Pendles to drop in price you run the risk of chasing the pack early on.
None come much safer than Scott Pendlebury. Must be strongly considered.