Behold – JR Brumby FC circa 2016.
I had to make a difficult phone call this morning. I had to deliver some bad news to a bald headed genius that I love dearly.
Gary Ablett Jr will not be a part of my starting 2016 Supercoach squad.
He took it like the impressive little bastard he is. He understands that making the grade at the highest level of any endeavour means having the gonads to make the tough calls.
This is a tough call I had to make.
JR BRUMBY FC
The Ablett Decision
Facts are facts. And what is history if it doesn’t teach us about what might happen in the future? As much as I love the greatest fantasy footballer we have ever seen there are some home truths that need to be considered;
- Gary played 6 games last season and 15 the season before
- Gary has not been fit enough to hit the park this preseason
- Gary has multiple structural body issues (shoulder, foot, hand) any of which can flare up at any time, and all of which increase his likelihood of soft tissue injury
- Gary will be 32 years old in May
- With so many uber premiums looking so attractive this season something has to give community. You need to have the nuts to turn your back on some of these blokes for the greater good of your team. Far too much salary cap percentage is being spent on too few this preseason. This is leaving too many of us exposed down back and up forward with wafer thin DEF & FWD 4 thru 6’s hitting the park. A recipe for disaster.
I love you Gary. And I love you community more than anything else on the planet. That’s why I need to drive home some home truths to both of you here today. Be brave. Be disciplined. And have the intestinal fortifications to make some big calls.
This is another one that had to give for the good of the team. I’m under no illusions that he’s the most likely bloke to end up the #1 scoring ruckman this season. I just could not part with the coin. There’s incredible value in both Nic Nat and Gawn and that’s the way I’ll go. I’m especially buoyant about Nic Nat. If he does what I suspect he may do this season he could challenge Goldmember.
I have lost some sleep around the fact that both Nic Nat and Gawn have the same bye round – but given the water that may pass under the bridge between now and then that’s a risk I’ll cop on the chin.
Weitering at D5
Not D4. D5. I’m not kidding myself that Trent McKenzie will blow the roof off the joint either. In Trent I see a kid who needs to pull his finger out this season, and I saw enough over the preseason to suggest he’s up for it. Best case scenario with him – he goes the extra step this season and can stay in my side. Worst case scenario – he’s rubbish – but he’s underpriced enough to maintain his value and give me the option to downgrade to an emerging DEF rookie, or upgrade him with some deft trading to someone like a Yeo, or another emerging keeper option.
So many are going with Weitering (who I’m very keen on), but then 2 other on field rookies who haven’t proven themselves in fair dinkum senior footy. This worries the crap out of me.. you might have nowhere to turn if a few of these blokes don’t get the job done.
Depth in the guts
Leaving your Ablett’s and Goldmember’s out of the squad has allowed me to spread my depth across the park – especially in the guts where I have Mills as my only on field rookie. I’m bloody happy with that. This is a season where we haven’t had a crap load of midfield rookies put their hand up. But they will – mark my words. I’m left with flexibility. I have the option of picking off emerging midfield rookies as they emerge.. with the choice of either downgrading someone like a Brad Crouch, Libba or Wines (if one of them isn’t getting the job done) and injecting cash into another line, or just swapping out a dud bench rookie.
Dusty OUT. Greene IN.
This is one decision I’m agonising over. I feel I’ve fallen on the right FWD mix. I’ve got real concerns over the situation with Dusty’s old man and how this will impact him early in the season. I’ve gone with Greene who I feel will be the bloke who benefits most from the departure of Treloar. He will get a lot of time in the guts, gathers a lot of the pill – and there’s very little risk he’ll attract any lock down attention with your Shiels, Griffen’s and Wards getting around for GWS.