Is The Cannon Obsolete?
“The Cannon” has been a Sun since day one after being selected as 1 of 12 pre-listed 17 year olds. He has been on my radar since playing 21 games in his debut AFL season way back in 2011.
Trent has been a solid rebounding defender who can cut through a team defence like butter with his long effective kicking. He ranked 5th for R50’s in 2014. Being one of best in league at hitting a target over 50 metres – he is a deadly weapon for the Suns, and also offers plenty of promise to become a weapon in our Supercoach sides.
After a pretty stagnant first two years where Trent averaged 68 and 67 Supercoach points respectively, he had somewhat of a breakout year in his third year averaging 88.6 in 2013. Many including myself thought this was the start of even further improvement that would have Trent locked into our backlines for years to come.
However 2014 didn’t pan out that way. Unable to complete a full preseason due to an ankle sprain he picked up in training, Trent never pushed on or even matched the form he showed in 2013.
Just as we hope that Trent can finally complete a full preseason and get back to the levels he showed in 2013, an even bigger problem has emerged. One Nick Malceski.
|Games last season:||19|
|Average last season:||80.3|
|100+ games last season:||2|
|Sub 80 games last season:||9|
|Price range last season:||$381K – $478K|
|Missed games last season:||3|
|Significant history:||If “The Cannon” is in the shop getting repairs done it’s hard to stop the enemy from taking your position and unfortunately Trent has consistently missed games over the last 3 seasons playing 18, 18 & 19.|
Knee tendonitis and a few other niggles have restricted him over the last few seasons. In fact Trent has never completed a full preseason. With Malceski joining the Suns the air raid sirens are ringing loud! Both play a similar role.
So does McKenzie get a new role or Malceski??
At $430k I wouldn’t select him for anything other than SC draft. If you were to select him for the pure form of our great game I can’t see him been anything but a stepping stone to a Premo who is down on price around the byes. The most optimistic you could be is that he repeats his 2013 form and possibly you could keep him all year in your D5-D6 position.
● Loves to kick. Has a kick to handball ratio of 4:1
● Massive kick
● Accurate with disposals averaging 73% over his career
● Good age/game bracket – 23yrs & 76 games
● Has never completed a full pre-season
● Priced at 80 which is bang on his output
Until Malceski signed Trent was high on my defence radar, but I can’t see him being worth a spot in Maso’s Muppets for 2015.
He may be able to get his average up to around the 85-90 but with guys like Ablett, Omeara, Prestia, Swallow, Bennell, Malceski and Co. I just can’t seeing him being able to consistently get a good share of 3300 on offer every game.
Anyone keen on him?
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