Do you want the good news, or the bad news first?…. OK, good news first.
We only have to pick 1 bench player for our rucks this year! YAY! Ok, bad news?
There ain’t a heck of a lot out there at the moment that really stand out from a rookie priced perspective. I mean, at the start of 2014 we had Tom Derickx and…I think Daniel Currie played a few.
So there wasn’t a lot on offer last year, and there ain’t a heck of a lot on offer this year either. But there are a few players who may be given a shot at some point this year, so let’s go take a look at them.
UPDATE: For updated version click here.
SUPERCOACH ROOKIE RUCK PROSPECTS
Note: All players are sorted by price (lowest to highest) and then alphabetically by last name.
POTENTIAL FOR ROUND 1 ACTION
No standouts at this point!
MAY NOT PLAY ROUND 1, BUT MAY GET SOME EARLY GAMES
Toby Nankervis – Sydney Swans – $123,900
Named as senior emergency 3 times last year, and can swing forward as well as ruck. Swans played Derickx alongside Pyke a fair bit last year, so the question is do the Swans continue with that duo, or try and blood a youngster. Derickx is a ham and egger and Pyke wasn’t much better last year either, so they’d probably be wise to give it a shot.
Sam Naismith – Sydney Swans – $150,000
Got a token game last year, so he’ll be competing with Nankervis for a backup spot. You’d think Naismith would have the advantage at this stage having debuted last year and being in the system a year longer than Nankervis.
Rory Lobb – WSG – $176,300
Played 2 games last year, but he could get a look in if something happens to Mumford or Cameron. Will maybe compete with McCarthy for a spot.
MAYBE LATER ON
UNLIKELY TO PLAY ROUND 1, MAY GET GAMES LATER IN SEASON
Thomas Downie – $123,900
Andrew Phillips – $210,700
Jarrad Redden – $216,100
That’s all for now – I’ll update these rookie posts regularly throughout the preseason so keep the ear to the ground!
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