Can you bank on Sloane?
Rory Sloane had a stand out 2014 and elevated himself to elite status.
Ranked 4th in total supercoach points in the competition (ranked only behind Pendles, Selwood and Big Sauce Jacobs) which is testimony to his durability and scoring ability. Sloan is 24; hence he is in his supercoach prime. The Sloane Ranger made his debut in 2009 with a solitary game before going on to play 14 games in his second year in 2010 where he averaged 75 (that is pretty good in essentially his debut year). In 2011 the kid played 18 games and averaged 88. In his last three years he has played 21, 21 and 22 games for averages of 106, 107 and this year, averaged a career high 115. Do I need to say any more than that people?
To answer my own question, I think you can take Sloane to the bank – he’s missed only two games in the last 3 years and has averaged 109 over the this period – consistency personified. I’m not sure about you, but that gets me swollen in the nether regions.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||114.8|
|100+ games last season:||18|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price range last season:||$549K – $600K|
|Missed games last season:||Zero, donut, nada, niente|
Pick 44 in 2008 draft
In 2014, 9 of his 100+ games were 120+ (50% of the time)….a high ceiling folks
In 2013 was ranked 22 in total points scored (ranked 26 in 2012) – again underscoring his consistency and durability
Ranked 6th in total tackles (5.5 per game) and ranked 7th for Inside 50s for 2014
Crows B&F in 2013 (runner up in 2014)
19th Man MVP in 2013 & 2014 (voted by the club members)
Sloane made the step up to ultra-premium this year – ranked 7th by average, however his durability elevated him to 4th on total points scored. I sometimes think a coach can be swayed by a high average (I have fallen victim to this weakness many a time) and overlook durability when looking at players. There is something special about a player who gives you 21-22 games a year with a decent average vs. a high averaging player who plays 18 games a year – I’m talking to you Teenwolf and Rock Lobster (don’t worry Teenwolf, I still have man love for you).
I think you can take some comfort from the past 3 years from Sloane, my only question mark is over the coaching change at Adelaide. Will a new coach have a different role for Sloane? Will it reduce his midfield time? I reckon both of these will be okay, as Sloane is a hard nut, and hard nuts belong in the middle. Importantly, with Scotty Thompson coming to the end of his career as the Crows’ chief hard nut, Sloane is ready to assume the mantle and continue on his cracking way.
Simple, you can rely on Rory (I’d like to hear Crouching say that). If you decide to select Sloane from the start of your 2015 team, then he is a keeper. Set and forget – how many of those would you like in your team? Less headaches, less donuts to cover and importantly less trades – bloody critical. Sloane is a gun, and if he delivers on his 3 year average of 21-22 games around 110pts, then you have done well. You hear me? Well do ya?
- In a word consistency. Okay, in two words, consistency and durability.
- Sloane has been part of the leadership group since 2012 – and he has performed at elite level ever since – thus, he lifts with greater responsibility. In the absence of Van Berlo this year, Sloane shared Captain duties with Dangerfield – underlining my aforementioned thesis that the boy relishes responsibility.
- When he goes 100+ (which is often), he can go very big – a high ceiling of 172 in 2014
- A reasonable POD, owned by 13% of teams in 2014
- He has an off year – the Ranger eats responsibility for breakfast and he loves hardwork (proven by his 147 tackles in 2014) – in my opinion that protects you on the downside. These are lessons for life – responsibility and hard work always win out.
- A new coach could mean a new position for Rory which stuffs his supercoach scoring ability
- Ricciuto acts on his statements and trades Dangerfield for some young muppet which leads to Sloane copping a hard tag every week – can’t see this happening.
I haven’t owned Sloane in any of my years of being a supercoach, but the more I look at this kid, the more I like what I see. The more I research for disconfirming evidence, the more I find which says he is a must “buy” for 2015. What do you want from a MID in your team – to play most of the games, to score consistently and to go big more often than not – is that not Sloane personified? It is to me. Winner, winner, Chicko’s dinner – R Sloane welcome to the Chumps for 2015.
What’s your take on Sloane in 2015?
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