The year is 2013. Supercoach finals roll around. There is a hold in my backline. Someone has fallen into the Springfield Gorge, and I have to trade.
A kid in a Lions top has been on a roll, 4 tons in a row – 117, 105, 113, 108. This kid’s name is Pearce Hanley. He’s the logical choice to bring me to glory.
But I’ve already had Pearce in my side that year. I traded him in after round 9 that year, to which stage he had been averaging 132. Three games I had him, for two 40s and a 95, before I spat the dummy. I traded him out.
Four weeks later I manned up to that mistake. I was young and foolish, and thought I might have been coming of age. I was proud of myself for doing it. I looked Pearce dead in the eye and said “I overreacted. I’m sorry. You are a majestic fantasy footballer. Please come back. I need you.”
Pearce lined up next week and scored me 95. I progressed. Just. The week after, he scored 55. I lost that final, and I swore never again. Never again would I trust Pearce Hanley in my side, for he was cursed. Either that or just an arsehole who checked my trades each week.
Regardless, I swore off the Raging Bull.
But he’s too cheap to callously disregard this year. No matter how twisted and bitter I am, I can’t pass up a bargain, and my old friend Pearce is a bargain this year. Let me grab my magnifying glass.
|2016 Prices:||$467K SC, $494K AF, $7.8K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||11|
|Average last season:||87 SC, 89 AF, 97 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||4|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||6|
|SCPrice range last season:||$408K – $557K|
|Missed games last season:||A lot|
The case for:
Pearce Hanley is a jet. Blood feud aside, he can do the football thing pretty damn well, and on his day he can absolutely tear teams apart. I would be having a look at him each time Brisbane pop up in a Coach Kings game to see if he could rip the poor sods a new one. His run and carry is spectacular, and his tackling – like all up in Brisbane – is ferocious.
- Will pump out massive scores
- Gets on streaks of form
- Tackling machine
- Shouldn’t be tagged with Beams and Rockliff around
- He’s priced to average 90. He’ll do better than 90.
The case against:
I’ve outlined my case against already, but for those of you who are slightly more rational than me (which you should all be) there are a few more reasons why might think twice before poking the bull
- Inconsistent as buggery
- Still very little word on his injury
- Has lost DEF eligibility – can he match it with the scoring potential of the Abbletts and Fyfes of the world?
- Can’t handle a tag
- Is he really value when O’Maera, Libba, Crouch and co loaf about around the 300k mark?
- He seems to hate me
He will regularly be picked in my CoachKings side. On his night, Pearce Hanley will be a one-way ticket to a free jug of beer and qualification for my venue’s CoachKings final. However, over the long form of the game, I’m not sold. As a defender he would be my first picked, but in a midfield with as much value as we have, I’m not taking that chance. When you run with the Raging Bull, you’re only seconds away from being gored.