You may recall a struggling Richmond side of 2014 sitting 13th on the ladder at 3 and 8 with no light at the end of the tunnel. Enter Anthony Miles, who along with the return of Ivan Maric reinvigorated Richmond who started to piece together some better performances on the back of same. Miles was in Richmond’s best in his first game knocking out 87 SC points. He did not miss a game for the rest of the season and finished with an average of 89.7.
About now you’re probably wondering WTF does this have to do with Mark Whiley!? Well Carlton has suggested that Whiley will be the Anthony Miles of 2015 and a number of journalists, including Jon Ralph, have posed the question is Mark Whiley the 2015 version of Anthony Miles?
The idea of Anthony Miles type supercoach gold in 2015 in the form of Mark Whiley should create a little excitement. So should we get excited?
Both are prelisted boys from NSW/ACT TPP program. Both spent some of their earlier time at GWS performing tagging roles. Both can find a lot of the footy when not tagging. Both had outstanding 2013 seasons in the NEAFL for GWS, however both only polled 6 votes in the Mulrooney Medal for 2013. Both struggled to break into the GWS team on a regular basis despite NEAFL performances. Both are now rebirthed with Vic powerhouse clubs. One has been a revelation at his new home, one is expected to be just that. It is perhaps these similarities which has led to the Anthony Miles type comparisons.
Anthony Miles shades Whiley in terms of SC scoring output from his GWS games however the last two games of 80 and 84 show what Whiley is capable of when given the opportunity. If not for a hamstring he would of likely played round 23.
|Games last season:||2|
|Average last season:||84|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0|
|Price range last season:||$182k|
|Missed games last season:||1 game Round 23 hamstring|
|Significant history:||2013 NEAFL GWS Player of the year
Pre listed by GWS as a 17 year old as part of the NSW/ACT Talented Player Pathways
He averaged 30 possessions and 1 goal per game for GWS in the NEAFL in 2014
5th in the NEAFL MVP (Brownlow) 2014
Carlton sees Mark Whiley filling an Andrew Carrazzo type role with ability to tag, run with and inside mid able to get contested footy.
Whilst coming into his fourth year in the AFL system he is still a rookie type and generally with rookies there is the ever present risk that they don’t get game time or a vest affected. I do not see this risk with Whiley. I expect he will be played and he does not appear to fit the bill of your standard impact type vest candidate. The major risk here is that Carlton utilises him primarily as a tagger which will affect his output. His games in 2013 for GWS were primarily as a tagger and his highest score was 61.
A fourth year Rookie selection at a bargain starting price makes him tempting. He will serve the purpose like all good rookies fatten them until their plump then chop them to enable you to feast of supercoach premo’s.
- Can find the footy and knows what to do with it (30 possie average in NEAFL)
- Can kick a goal (bags of 3 and 4 in NEAFL to average 1 per game)
- Coming into his fourth year on AFL list at rookie price
- Resilient only missed 1 game with injury in 2 ½ years
- Will get game time
- Enjoys a cuddle which should ensure that his SC scoring doesn’t bottom out too badly.
- Potential for him to be used as a tagger
- Mid only status
- Price versus potential return may affect his SC relevancy
I do not expect to feel Deja Vu in 2015 with the expectation that Whiley will reach the heights of Anthony Miles of 2014.
However, I recommend that you put him on your watchlist now. It is a must to watch pre season to see how Carlton intend to utilise him. If he is being utilised as a tagger there may l be better priced rookies who will give you more bang for your buck. If he is used as an inside mid I can see Whiley averaging in the 65-80 range. As a pure mid at this price – it puts him right in the awkward bracket, at 65-low 70’s there will be insufficient return for the outlay. At 80’s he is worth it. Again pre season research will be crucial. For mine I would have Patrick Cripps over Whiley and with few precious mid only roles this would squeeze Whiley out. His pre season form will ultimately determine his fate along with the fate of all rookies, a reluctant no from me at this stage.
What’s your call on Mark Whiley in 2015?
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