2014 was Premature Jackulation: Will Jack Martin Tear in up in 2015!
A lot of people did. If you did you’re not alone. There was hype, no doubt, but the father of fantasy made the early call. 37 years in the game surely indicates experience. He was considered better than Jaegar & from what I saw in round 23 he probably is. But 2014 was too soon. He’s a rake. He could do with a Pieman BBQ & KFC diet for a while.
Jock said Jaegers 2013 season was freakish, & it was. Expecting better from Martin was a massive risk. And so it proved. Even expecting the same was ridiculous. And so it played out. But I think there is more to the story of the prodigious talent of Jack Martin.
|Games last season:||11|
|Average last season:||56.5|
|100+ games last season:||1|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7|
|Price range last season:||$222k-$306k|
|Missed games last season:||Round 2-13 (Shoulder)|
|Significant history:||2012 Mini Draft GWS to Gold Coast for Pick 2 overall. He was hyped to be a better player that Jaeger O’Meara.|
If round 23 2014 vs. West Coast is a taste of things to come, then Wowee! What has my arousal curve up & about is the prospect of Jack Martin picking up DPP as a Mid/Fwd (confirmed position FWD only). His 19 possession 7 grabs& 4 sausage rolls against WCE, was classy to say the least. The lad can take a grab up forward. Watching him take pack marks in the Fwd. 50 stretched the trousers.
One thing is for sure; he will be awkwardly priced in 2015, & would only be a stepping stone type player. I am thinking of the Shaun Higgins type scenario of 2014.
All eyes will be on his frame in the preseason. You can be certain on the Gold Coast list of things to do over preseason will be bulk up Jack. If he bulks up then he will throw up a selection dilemma, & if he does pick up that DPP then that leaves us with plenty to think about. Traditionally I stay away from Midpricers. But this is one guy that has to be looked at.
No shortage of risk here. He only lasted about 5 minutes into this season before the shoulder busted& as a result missed half the season. If you look through his scores this season he threw in some stinkers, but coming back from a serious injury I guess that’s to be expected.
- Pace he is quick
- Can take a grab
- Users the ball well on both sides
- Good decision maker
- Goal kicker
- His size, he was quickly found out in 2014
- Injury Risk
- Can go missing
I smell value here. If he is priced to average 50, that’s unders. The last 5 games he played this year he averaged 80, even with a 17 against Port. I see him as a player that could easily average 80+ next year. It’s going to be a risky pick if you do grab him, but to win in this caper you need to put your spuds on the line & often. What has me interested in Jack is the prospect of DPP. As a mid only he is almost certainly a no. But if you could slot him into your Fwd line then that’s a different prospect. I’m very interested in following Jack’s preseason. Pieman says watch with interest.
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