Supercoach 2015 – Ben Newton
New State, New Club, New Town…
The kid from WA who was drafted to Port Adelaide and now will play for Melbourne has traversed the county chasing his AFL dream. In him getting to Melbourne I must praise first and foremost the conduct of the Port Adelaide Football Club who, after Sir Isaac, refused a contract offer opting to go into the draft instead, decided to delist him to enable him greater freedom of movement. Astonishingly good behaviour from a club that clearly valued the young man and had nursed him back from injury more than once.
Sir Isaac was selected by Port as a second round pick #35 overall in 2010 as a medium midfielder likened to Luke Hodge as a tough ball getter with good disposal. He has been injured alot since arriving at Alberton. In 2011 he played SANFL Reserves with West Adelaide managing only 5 games, missing the first 4 with an ankle and the rest of the season from Round 11 with a Groin/Hip. During his 5 games he managed an average of 17 disposals @ 75.6% DE, 2 inside 50’s, almost 2 rebound 50’s and 3.4 marks per match.
Come 2012 again injury struck in round 13 missing 1 game with a hip then from round 19 for the season with a knee strain. Playing 13 games in the SANFL reserves he averaged 16.6 disposals, 1 goal and 3.15 marks per game. In his only SANFL appearance he had 12 touches.
In 2013 Sir Isaac was transferred to the Port Adelaide SANFL Magpies to provide him with greater development by playing more SANFL football than SANFL reserves. It worked playing 16 games and appearing in the best players on 13 occasions averaging almost 23 touches a game.
Finally breaking into the AFL side in Round 7 against GWS, Sir Isaac scored 57 SC points from his full game of 15 touches, 3 tackles, 4 marks. His scoring was subdued with 11 disposals by hand. He wore the “Riddler Suit” in his next and only three more AFL games coming on either at ¾ time or during the 3rd quarter in all of them. His stats were an average of 10 disposals @ 70% DE, 3.2 contested, 2.2 tackles and 40 supercoach points from 37% TOG.
|Games last season:||4|
|Average last season:||40|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4 (3 vest affected)|
|Price range last season:||$123K – $155K|
|Missed games last season:||1 game SANFL concussion|
|Significant history:||Pick 2 Number 35 2010 National Draft
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It appears that his injuries that plagued him early are behind him, missing few games in the previous 2 years. Turning 23 this year could prove a steal, 40 supercoach points from 37% game time extrapolated out to a full game of say 85% TOG puts him at a 91.8 supercoach point average. Whilst that is unlikely I could still see him going at 70+ and possibly 80+ given the opportunity. I expect that he may just fill the role at Melbourne of a bigger stronger body that will hold up longer allowing them to rotate rookies in and out of the side as they develop meaning more TOG for Sir Isaac. He will be on my ever increasing preseason watchlist, I suggest that you pop him on yours.
Sir Isaac will be coming into his fifth year in the AFL system at a rookie price but with a few preseasons under his belt. There remain the usual risks that they don’t get game time or a vest affected and whilst this is possible for Sir Isaac I expect that he will get more time than most of the other younger rookies. A ball winner who uses the footy well is just what Melbourne needs and whilst they have a few there they are all very young and can use the chop out from a stronger more mature player.
Rookie price player entering his fifth year having only played four games. Cash cow if he gets consistent game time from round 1. Otherwise potential downgrade target.
- Good disposal efficiency 70% in first four AFL games is very good
- Can find the footy
- Likely to get game time at Melbourne
- Potential for him to be vested
- Mid only status
- Priced awkwardly
Likely to be priced awkwardly amongst top 10 draftees in 2014 draft making him hard to pick at the price for a Mid only option as there is likely to be others that will provide good Cash Cow returns at a better price. It will really come down to his preseason form and how he is being used at Melbourne. If he is going at 80+ and his job prospects appear sound then he will become a yes. At 70+ there will be better cheaper options. Currently he has a foot in the door, 20/80.
What’s your call on Ben Newton in 2015?
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