A convenient youth?
At any other club you would think that the exiting of one of your up and coming midfielders along with a strong outside link runner would be a problem.
Not at Geelong, the exit of Christensen and Varcoe, whilst not something the club would have liked or wanted creates opportunity, opportunities for the greatness of Stephen Wells to go to his little black book to look for some hidden gems in the AFL Draft so that you can fill the void.
And in true Stephen Wells fashion at pick number 55 in the 2014 AFL Draft the Cats called the name of Dean Gore. With all the usual Geelong style fanfare akin to a covert CIA mission, the name had not even hit any radar with many of the most notable draft scribes.
Now for all the Gorey details:
|SANFL games 2014:||12 (4 goals therefore unlikely DPP) (Named in best on four occasions) Averaging 14 possessions per game.
Powerade Rising Star nominee in round 2 game of 19 touches, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 7x I50’s and 2x Rebound 50’s.
3 SANFL Reserves games (1 in best) DE% 78.4
|2015 predicted average:||50-70|
|U/18 History:||Member of 2014 SA NAB AFL U/18 Championship side
Averaged 15 touches, 7 tackles and three clearances per game in U/18 Championship
Ranked 1st in competition for total tackles 39
|Draft Combine:||Draft Combine: Equal first in goal kicking (30/30)
Equal third in kicking test (27/30)
Equal fifth in standing vertical jump 72cm
|20 metre sprint test:||2.95|
|Other:||State U12 and U16 AFL teams|
Pretty impressive CV for a young big bodied midfielder 183cm 85kg having already mixed it with the men and having near elite endurance and speed makes him a readymade replacement for Christensen and Varcoe. I say both because in the SANFL with Sturt he played predominately off half back rotating through the mid field, loves the contested ball but has outside speed, a lethal combination of the attributes of both departed players rolled into one handy package. Expect him though to share these roles with first round pick Nakia Cockatoo and 2013’s pick 36 (another Stephen Wells gem) Jarrad Jansen (if there is still room add these names to your watchlist as well).
I am expecting that Dean Gore is likely to get a crack at senior footy early having already mixed it with men and his almost elite stats he will be already ahead of most going into round one in 2015 with the only likely competition coming from the aforementioned Cockatoo and Jansen. Surrounded still by the likes of Jelwood, Bartel, Johnson, Caddy will no doubt help him maximise his potential and supercoach stats.
An 18 year old in his first season at AFL level, the risks are everywhere but as usual the ever present sub vest risk and risk of not getting regular games. Given he has almost elite endurance and sprint makes him an excellent vest candidate as he can fill the void from an early injury and run out the game or provide impact if coming in late. The upside is that he has a few friends at the Cats who are similar and therefore is not likely to carry the vest regularly.
MOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Cash cow potential here. Bottom priced first year player being outside the top 18 (i.e. the Greenest Pastures for the Cows as per INP research), if the kid is picked to play seriously consider him, the fact he has a number of strings to his bow but moreover loves the contested stuff including lots of cuddles means he will always feature in the supercoach scoring without bottoming out too much.
- Elite disposal
- Kicks more than he handballs
- Loves it contested
- Loves a cuddle
- His hero is Scott Pendlebury
- Has played against men, big bodied, ready to go
- Fills a void left by Christensen and Varcoe
- Bottom priced first year player
- Round 13 bye for maximum value upgrade
- Potential for him to be used as a tagger
- Sub vest risk
- Likely to get Mid only status
Put him up high on your watchlist now and pay very close attention to the pre season games. If he appears to be the tagger or go to sub vest candidate then of course it will be a no as he will likely have mid status only and those spots are very precious. If he gets plenty of game time and appears to be part of best 22 or thereabouts, seriously consider as his game style will ensure he stays SC relevant. Based on his SANFL games I can see him going between at least a 50-70 SC average as a first year player providing he is not repeatedly sub affected.
What’s your call on Dean Gore in 2015?
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