Smells like Webster spirit?
We all know this caper is about statistics. Cold hard digits. However, there occasionally comes a time when we need to throw caution to the wind and dig deep to our intestinal fortitude and testicular amplitude in order to choose that rare gem that will help kick start our SC season.
For many of us in 2014, that perceived gem was a guy named Jimmy Webster. Many an aggot was gingerly placed onto the block, as Supercoach pop guns were locked and loaded with Webster for round 1. Not wanting to stir up repressed demons and send many of you back to therapy, I will keep this short. Suffice to say that Webster’s 2014 was largely devoid of highlights, culminating with his ankle injury on a sorry June day in round 15.
Many of us could have been excused for thinking that all our Mr. Hankeys had come at once, as the Webster stain was difficult to remove.
So what’s with the history lesson? I hear you cry.
Well fast forward to April 2nd 2015 and we might well think it is Groundhog Day.
Lock out is imminent, and we are being tortured/teased by the prospect of yet another young Saint half-back flanker ready to strut his stuff.
Step into the spotlight…Jack Newnes!
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||81.3|
|100+ games last season:||4|
|Sub 80 games last season:||8|
|Price range last season:||$313K – $434K|
|Missed games last season:||0|
|Significant history:||2014 — ranked third at the club for total marks
– ranked second at the club (behind Hayes) for total tackles and handballs
– ranked first at the club for total uncontested possessions
– Drafted at Pick #37 in the 2011 National Draft
Young Jack Newnes had a breakout year in 2014, lifting his SC output to 81 (from 58 in 2013). Newnes’ numbers were up across the board as he played a mixture of roles from rebounding HB flanker to head to head wingman jobs, averaging 19.9 disposals per game. Newnes dipped mid season when the Saints came up against some tough opposition in the Hawks, Power, Geelong and the Kangas, hence the high number of sub 80 games.
Debate still rages about how friendly the Saints draw is but I must say the first half looks pretty tasty. Pre-bye (round 12), the Saints face only two top 8 sides (Hawks and Dons) and travel interstate 3 times (not counting the NZ trip). Granted this is the side that took out the spoon and it will be a hard slog for them to win any of those 11 pre-bye games but I don’t expect a massacre each week. If the Saints can fight for their share of the 3300 each week then Newnes has the potential to build confidence and cash as the season fires up.
I can hear the loud rustle of the collective community scratching their heads and saying “Hey Lost, your not playing with all four Hippos mate, this kid is priced at $440K!” (confirmed price $436,800)
So what makes this kid worthy of even a second glance in Supercoach 2015?
Its that sweet-sounding, curvaceous acronym that we drool over…DPP!
Although a pure Mid in 2014, Newnes is in line to pick up Def/Mid status based on his varied role this year. Now $440K might seem a bit pricey for a kid that’s only just played his first uninterrupted season, but there’s more than meets the eye here.
Newnes has proven he can match it at the elite level and has been widely touted as a future leader at the club. His price is indicative of his strong finish to 2014 where he pumped out an average of 92 over his last six games and finished with a respectable DE of 75%.
If all this whipped cream and chocolate sauce isn’t enough to rock your Sundae then the fat cherry on the top is…the prospect of Newnes moving to the midfield!
Yeah yeah, clubs are making statements on an hourly basis about how Player X is being groomed for more midfield time, is this waffle any different?
To be honest, I really don’t know.
The Saints are one club that can definitely make room for another mid following the departure of Sir Lenny and this kid has already shown he has the tank to rotate through the guts.
Where do you start…
- Role Uncertainty – could be playing more time in the middle, may assist in lifting his output or he could become a tagger and stagnate.
- Price – $440 aint cheap with plenty of backline value to be had for less.
- DPP (or lack thereof) – simple really, no DPP – no show!
- My poor humour – you have a severe hatred for Andie McDowell Rom Coms, as such have already stopped reading this preview.
Picking Mr Newnes from the get go will take some plums and in doing so you are banking on one of two outcomes.
1. He sets the world on fire pre-bye and makes a tidy sum to act as a stepping stone or
2. He raises his output to 90+ and potentially locks himself in as a top ten defender
- Already getting plenty of game time with a 2014 TOG @ 81% could improve.
- Strong finish to 2014.
- Young and durable – has missed one game since cementing spot in rnd 6 2013
- He will be a point of difference, with many likely to look elsewhere in this price range
- Has already had a breakout year, can he really back it up with another decent points rise?
- Plays for the Saints (sorry Jock) ☺
- Did I mention he’s $440K?
I personally don’t see Punxsutawney Phil forecasting an extended Winter for the young Newnes boy. Whether he plays more midfield time or not, I’m pretty solid on this kid becoming a 90+ player. All this hinges on DPP though and the sweet backline bonanza that maybe in store.
50/50 for a spot at the Knights round table.
So what will it be Hi De Ho or Hi De No?
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