Version 2 – DEFENCE ROOKIE WATCH
Second verse.. same as the first? Well, not all the time and thankfully. We are still not bursting at the seams with quality defensive options at this stage, but there have been a few new players added to the communities potential watchlist.
So here’s a list of the changes we’ve made from V1, so if you don’t feel like scrolling through the whole thing again, just CTRL+F the following names and see what we’ve added/updated.
Verions 2 Changes
- Sam Durdin upgraded to Potential Watchlist
- Joel Hamling upgraded to Potential Watchlist
- Jordan Kelly upgraded to Potential Watchlist
- Ariel Steinberg upgraded to Potential Watchlist
- Updated information for Hugh Goddard
- Updated information for Shaun Edwards
- Updated information for Brendan Whitecross
- Updated information for Jake Kelly
- Updated information for Henry Schade
- Updated information for Jake Lever
- Updated information for Sam Durdin
- Updated information for Darcy Moore
SUPERCOACH ROOKIE DEFENCE PROSPECTS
Note: All players are sorted by price (lowest to highest) and then alphabetically by last name.
Hugh Goddard – St Kilda – $122,300
Touted as a potential top 10 pick, Goddard fell all the way to #21 to the Saints. St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson says “The decision is long-term with Patty and Hugh. They are potential bookends for 10 years so we have found ourselves some players. Hugh is a really impressive guy, too. They are both very good people with real leadership potential and people that get the best out of themselves.”
UPDATED 10/02 – In a recent “Ask the Coach” on AFL.com.au, St Kilda head coach Alan Richardson said about Hugh “Hugh’s going very well. He’s a very competitive and ambitious young man. It certainly won’t be through lack of want or commitment that he won’t be there early. He’s in a part of the ground where we have a bit of experience (Fisher, Delaney, Dempster, Gilbert etc) so that makes it a little tougher, but long term he has the potential to be a very good player.”
Does this mean we’ll look to downgrade Goddard soon?
Shaun Edwards- Essendon – $123,900
Spent the year in the VFL after being traded from GWS. Neil Craig says “The thing I’ve really liked about Shaun this pre-season is I think there’s starting to be a change in mentality. I think he’s starting to develop an elite mindset about what’s required to be able to perform at this level, and sometimes it takes different individuals different amounts of time to be able to get that picture in their head. At the moment, with the way he’s applying himself, he’s actually giving himself every opportunity to be selected.”
UPDATED 10/02 – With the recent news that Essendon players may be sitting out NAB Cup games due to the ASADA doping allegations, it appears Shaun Edwards, a player who is not being investigated, will be playing all of the Bombers NAB Cup games should they suit up. Will make it difficult to gauge his chances of a best 22 spot if he’s not competing with the best players.
Nathan J. Brown – Collingwood – $146,900
Missed most of last year with a shoulder injury, Nathan Brown says “Most guys are complaining about training long days but I’m sort of right into it (with a) bit of energy and really happy to be out there and the body’s feeling great.” Is aiming for a Round 1 debut, but he hasn’t averaged above 50 Supercoach Points over the past 3 years. Could be a desperation pick only.
Brendan Whitecross – Hawthorn – $198,700
Missed all of 2014 with a knee injury suffered late in 2013. Averaged 84 in 2012, still need to see if he’ll be brought straight back or via the VFL, so there’s a solid chance he could still be bumped down from here.
UPDATED 22/01 – Hawthorn General Manager of Football Operations Chris Fagan says “At the moment he’s in a full-on running program and he’s in and out of skills. So he’s progressing really well and he’s on track to be right to go come the start of the season. It’s been a slow one. But when it’s your second reco you want to get it right and we took the graft from a different spot (left patella tendon) that hopefully does a better job this time around. It’s a bit of a tougher area and sometimes that can get a bit irritated, which is what happened before Christmas. That’s often what happens, and we knew that.”
UPDATED 11/02 – Grant Birchall has just suffered a knee injury at training that looks to put him out for 4-6 weeks. You’d think this would improve Whitecross’s chance of making a Round 1 debut for 2015.
Aidan Corr – GWS – $205,600
Played 14 games over 2 years, but missed 2nd half of 2014 with a shoulder injury.
MAY NOT PLAY ROUND 1, BUT MAY GET SOME EARLY GAMES
Daniel McKenzie – St Kilda – $117,300
Interesting prospect who’s a heck of an athlete. Saints could surprise and play him early.
UPDATED 06/02 – McKenzie has said during an interview on Saints.com.au “I would love to play as many games as possible throughout the whole year, but I guess with development, I might have a few more months or years before I get to that level.”
Dillon Viojo-Rainbow – Carlton – $117,300
Rated as having an elite left foot kick, Rainbow has said he’s aiming to line up against Richmond in Round 1.
Joel Hamling – Western Bulldogs – $123,900
Signed by the Western Bulldogs in the off-season after failing to play a game for Geelong in his 3 seasons at the Cattery . Doesn’t look to have super high scoring potential, even if he does play, KPD’s are never great Supercoach worthy. His VFL average of 54 Supercoach Points last year would prove this. Still, desperate times and all that, especially in what is looking like a thin line for rookies.
UPDATED 15/01 – Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney has said “Joel has been part of an elite development program at Geelong, and have watched closely throughout the year, we believe he is not far away from playing good consistent AFL football.”
Nick Holman – Carlton – $123,900
Debuted against Port Adelaide late in the year, whether that was just a once of cameo for a young player or a sign or more to come remains to be seen.
Jake Kelly – Adelaide – $123,900
Still on the rookie list, but with the retirement of Ben Rutten and long term injury to Andy Otten means there’s scope for him to be brought up if Hartigan struggles and the Crows decide Level isn’t ready yet.
UPDADTED 11/02 – With the terrible injury to Brent Reilly sidelining him indefinitely and Kyle Cheney also being sidelined to due an irregular heartbeat, there is a greater opportunity for Jake Kelly to earn a senior elevation off the rookie list, however much like last year, where the Crows waited 5 months to elevate Charlie Cameron off the rookie list after Nathan Van Berlo’s season ending injury, it appears the same will happen again, as the Crows wish to keep all their options. Will still be a wait and see approach for now.
Jordan Kelly – Western Bulldogs – $123,900
Delisted by Hawthorn after 3 years on their list without playing a game. Western Bulldogs Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple says “He was very close to getting a game at Hawthorn last season. We think after three very good development years at Hawthorn he could be ready to go given a good run with injury over the summer” . Still on the rookie list, but the potential is there for him to play.
Henry Schade – Gold Coast – $123,900
Pick #24 back in 2011, he has spent 3 years developing in the NEAFL. Key defender who may get a shot now that Bock and Warnock are out of the way.
UPDATED 20/01 – Gold Coast key defender Rory Thompson will be missing the next month of football after suffering a turf toe injury at training, which may open up some chances for Schade to debut.
Sam Durdin – North Melbourne – $147,300
Nice size, but spent a lot of time also in the ruck during his Under-18 days, something he likely won’t be able to do at AFL level. The questions are will he be like McDonald last year and play every game, or just get a handful of games to gain him some experience. Yet to play an AFL game, but North have already given the kid a 1 year extension to his contract.
UPDATED 04/02 – In a recent Q&A session, North Melbourne Head Coach Brad Scott was asked which first year player to watch and replied “Sam Durdin is a player we rated extremely highly in the draft, at 198cm he can play key forward and key back, but like all big guys will take time to develop. I wouldn’t discount him playing senior football though”
Tom Clurey – Port Adelaide – $150,000
Won the 3km time trials for first-to-fourth year players at the start of pre-season training. Debuted in Round 1 last year, but spent the rest of the year in the SANFL. Hope the same doesn’t happen again!
UPDATED 17/01 – With Port Adelaide Defender Jackson Trengove going in for shoulder surgery and potentially being out for Round 1, Port Adelaide Defence Coach Matthew Nicks says “Tommy Clurey’s probably the first guy that comes to mind in terms of a young up-and-coming key defender … he now gets even more of an opportunity to show he’s up to it. It was hard for him last year, he was playing a slightly different role [in the SANFL] to what he would have played with us. We were playing him on key forwards, he’s probably a second or third tall defender because he’s got an elite engine. With ‘Jacko’ out, whether that takes Tom Jonas to step up and play key back and allow Clurey to come in and play as a third defender – that’s the sort of thing you start to look at.”
The signs for a repeat of last year are happening!
Jake Lever -Adelaide – $157,300
Rehab from his knee reconstruction is done and dusted and is now into full training. Looks likely to be physically ready for Round 1, but others ahead of him likely to be given first crack at replacing Rutten.
UPDATED – 18/01 – Yet to begin participating in full match simulation training, Lever says “I’m back in full training now and, while I’ve obviously got to wait for the games and match practice to start, my knee’s been really good. It hasn’t given me any troubles at the moment, so I’m just looking forward to continuing on and hopefully getting no other injuries. Obviously, the first-years always get eased in and we’re just being eased in at the moment, but over the next two to three weeks we’ll be back into the match practice and getting more exposed to it. I can’t wait for it, I’ll be really rapt to get back into that. Obviously a year out of the game is a long time and I just can’t wait to challenge myself with some of the boys out there. I’m raring to go.”
Ariel Steinberg – Essendon – $169,900
Got some games for the Bombers late last year, including the Bombers Elimination Final against North Melbourne. Recently won a mini-triathlon ran in the Bombers pre-season training, beating Dyson Heppell and endurance machine Patrick Ambrose in a 400m swim, 10km bike ride and 1.5km run, with a final time clocking in under 25 minutes. Teammate Cale Hooker said “Ariel’s been really good the last few years and he’s been training the house down this pre-season, so it’s a credit to him to take it out today”
Darcy Moore – Collingwood – $182,300
Has had injury setback, spending 3 weeks in a protective boot due to a toe injury. Could potentially delay his debut, but with Jesse White also injured he could be bumped up the depth chart again.
UPDATED 07/02 – It has been said that Moore spent all of January in a moon boot due to his toe injury will not be rushed back to pre-season training to allow him ample opportunity to heal his injury.
Zak Jones – Sydney – $182,800
Debuted in the middle of 2014 and played a handful of games. Will likely be given a chance again in 2015, the biggest question is when?
Caleb Marchbank – GWS – $197,300
Drafted with Pick #6 in the Draft, GWS have never been afraid of bringing the kids in early (probably because they usually don’t have an alternative). You’d think guys like Corr, Davis and Bugg get first crack, but Lachie Plowman’s injury could bump up his chances.
Brodie Murdoch – St Kilda – $193,500
Was given a couple of chances last year, but was subbed a fair bit when he did play. St Kilda still rebuilding, so he fits the age profile they’ll be looking at.
MAYBE LATER ON
UNLIKELY TO PLAY ROUND 1, MAY GET GAMES LATER IN SEASON
Tom Fields – Carlton – $102,400
Adam Saad – Gold Coast – $102,400
Mitchell White – Melbourne – $102,400
Harris Andrews – Brisbane – $117,300
Brayden Maynard – Collingwood – $117,300
Oscar McDonald – Melbourne – $117,300
Josh McGuinness – Brisbane – $117,300
Josh Watts – Brisbane – $117,300
Kaiden Brand – Hawthorn – $123,900
Ciaran Byrne – Carlton – $123,900
Darcy Byrne-Jones – Port Adelaide – $123,900
Matthew Dick – Carlton – $123,900
Cameron Giles – Carlton – $123,900
Jake Kolodjashnij – Geelong – $123,900
Jonathan Marsh – Collingwood – $123,900
Adam Oxley – Collingwood – $123,900
Alex Pearce – Fremantle – $123,900
Xavier Richards – Sydney – $123,900
Sam Siggins – Adelaide – $123,900
Tanner Smith – Fremantle – $123,900
Michael Manteit – Collingwood – $124,400
Billy Gowers – Carlton – $128,400
Lauchlan Dalgleish – Essendon – $145,100
Sam Colquhoun – Port Adelaide – $188,300
As always, if you see any names you think should be added or removed or have any news or information you’d think the community should know about, please let us know in the comments below.
Barron Von Crow