This kid can play the game folks.
Looking at the way this kid moves on a football field I have no doubts there. But after only 10 games in the Hawthorn firsts in 3 seasons – he’s packed up his swag and headed over to Arden Street to join North Melbourne.
“Well the bloke’s a spud then Jock. A tumbleweed. A bum. A reject turned out into the cold dark streets by a club that didn’t think he was made of the right stuff.”
Ease up there – it’s pretty bloody hard to be critical of the fact that young Jed wasn’t able to establish himself as a regular fixture in a majestic Hawthorn lineup – isn’t it? This is one of the greatest teams we’ve seen. And with Jed still only 21 years of age you get the feeling he’s odds on to become a regular fixture in the North Melbourne lineup from day dot. Could even find himself stuffed into the midfield.
And look at that smile. Infectious.
Let’s have a closer look at Jed Anderson community.
|2016 Prices:||$224K SC, $224K AF, $3.5K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||4|
|Average last season:||41 SC, 49 AF, 42 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||He didn’t crack 80 in any of his 4 games. 2 were green vest affected so cut the boy some slack|
|SCPrice range last season:||$141K – $166K|
|Missed games last season:||Stacks|
The case for:
- Price. You get a kid with three years of conditioning under his belt, migrating to a team where he will have much more opportunity – all for the price of a high level rookie.
- Talent. We’ve seen what he’s capable of early in 2013 and during stints in the NAB. Can be electric and can be a potential match winner.
- The fact the Roos used pick 15 on him in the draft is significant. That’s a reasonable price to pay and suggests they rate Jed highly. Have designs on him.
- He’s a tackler. Not only will he hit the scoreboard as he loves a goal – but he’ll also keep his fantasy score ticking over in lean times with his undoubted tackling ability.
The case against:
- Consistency. At the end of the day this was a key factor in why he wasn’t able to nuzzle his way into the Hawthorn lineup, as dominant as it was. He had weeks in the VFL last year where he ripped games apart, then periods of relative low impact.
- Injury and illness. Constitution. As a young colt he burst out of the blocks is 2013 and earned himself a Rising Star nomination. Injury then kept him sidelined and out of the firsts till the end of the season. Went back up North the end of the season and got crook. First game in the VFL 2014 he stuffed his shoulder and went under the knife. Slight concerns here.
- Goose hunting. Glen McGrath inspired tendencies may be seen as an issue for some. He whacked this image of himself up on InstaGram a few years back. Looks fit though. And we’ll forgive him this given he was just a young boy.
- CoachKings Daily Fantasy wise – if you’re down the pub involved in a North Melbourne contest – BANG. Lock him in. Regardless of who North are playing in your contest – he should be among the first locked into your team provided he’s named.
- Long form Supercoach / AFL Fantasy wise – I’m interested but not completely convinced. Definitely want to see how he lines up throughout the pre season, fits into the lineup and where he sits in their pecking order. At this stage he’ll slot into my forward line tentatively.