Hope you’re enjoying the off season podcast folks, we’re having an absolute ball chewing the fat about the off season trade rumour mill.
Apologies to Kochie, I’d like to retract comments made and any references to him as the Channel 7 Sydney Studios Rooting King. He’s as dedicated to the Port Adelaide Football Club as he’s ever been. Just taking the piss of course.
Don’t think for one minute this means we’ve taken the foot off the throat of Supercoach 2017. Shit no. The notebook’s showing its first signs of wear and tear, and I’ve had a look at three more prospects for next season. Very interested in your thoughts.
Likely 2017 position: FWD/MID | Estimated 2017 price: $295K
Young Harley is a loose cannon. He was shown the door at Gold Coast after a couple of seperate incidents on the piss. We also saw the picture of him on the front page of the paper getting ready to have a bit of a sniff of something.
However, you can’t deny him his Supercoach relevance. Any kid who averages 98 in his second season of footy is something special, and for him to back that up for the following three years after that confirms the fact he’s a born fantasy scorer.
He didn’t hit the park with Fremantle this year because of a stuffed calf but at this stage he’s on track for a solid 2017 preseason. This means he’s on line for the full 40% price discount and a price of around $295K in 2017 (thanks SC Addict). That’s a fair old price for a bloke who averaged 100+ in 2015.
Harley will be selected in a STACK of Supercoach 2017 teams if he’s fit and plays some NAB. I can understand that. But at this stage he’s a no for me. Character is critically important in footy, and it’s as important for me in Supercoach.
Current verdict: I’ll never say never, but at this stage I’d prefer to go into 2017 with a no piss head, no white powder sniffing policy.
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Likely 2017 position: FWD/MID | Estimated 2017 price: $580K
Robbie The Gray gained FWD eligibility in AFL Fantasy during the 2016 season, and I’ll stuff a newspaper up the old pip if he isn’t given DPP in Supercoach 2017.
When Robbie Gray is fit and well he scores as well as any other bloke out there. He was off the boil for a lot of the year and missed games through injury; but still managed to crank out the 108 season average. Given Zach Merrett was the only FWD in 2016 averaging above 110 the case for a FWD eligible Gray in 2017 is pretty bloody strong.
He was an All Australian in both 2014 and 2015 but missed out this year. If he has a full preseason, inserts himself back into the guts and helps Port rise again he could do anything.
Current Verdict: If he’s FWD eligible and has an injury free and full preseason I’ll start him.
Likely 2017 position: RUCK | Estimated 2017 price: $515K
Max Gawn will turn 25 in December. For a ruckman that young to take the competition by the scruff of the neck is bloody impressive. Brodie Grundy turned 22 this year. You don’t need me to tell you how young that is when we’re talking primary ruckman.
You might look at his 2016 season average of 95 and cast him aside considering the big men of the game, especially Gawn and Goldstein, have been good for a regular 120+ in recent seasons.
What his season average doesn’t show you is that something clicked for him over the bye period last year. He’d averaged only 85 till then and it looked as if the young bloke would fade under their weight of carrying the primary ruck duties. But stuff me. In the arse end of the season he delivered 8 impressive tons in his last 10 games and tore some formidable opposition ruckman a new muck hole.
We’ll be weighing up an expensive Gawn alongside a reduced price Goldstein in Supercoach 2017.. but I reckon Brodie needs to enter the mix.
Current Verdict: Consider.
Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments below