Ah, the mid-priced defender.
The Fool’s Gold. The burniest* of the burn-men. Heritier Lumumba, Garrick Ibbotson, Shaun Atley, Clancee Pearce, Brendan Whitecross, Nathan Bock, and the eternal and infamous Greg Broughton, mid-priced defenders are third-degree burn territory.
Yet each year, like moths to a flame, we are drawn to them. And why wouldn’t we be? The pass mark for a premium defender is just over 90, and 90 is easily achievable by the next David Swallow or Jack Newnes.
Have you got faith in the boys over 450K to get the job done, or are you looking for a bit more value in your backline? And Gary Ablett Jr knows we’ve got enough value back there this year – mid priced defenders played musical chairs last year, with *takes a breath* Seedsman, Yarran, Rosa, Adcock, Howe, Hampton, Bugg and of course James Aish all changing clubs.
On top of that, injuries to Rich, Smith, Jaensch, Yarran, Malceski and Walker all leave them undervalued, while the likes of McGovern, Rich, Yeo and Baguely could all go to the next level.
Either that or blow up in our faces.
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So, community, with the NAB cup about a week away, who have you got your eye on?
Of course everyone will be picking Zac Dawson, who doesn’t even need to be put in the poll. At 221K he’s an absolute steal and will c…
Oops. What do we reckon? Who’s value?