Despite the beard, a good looking option down back.
The Essendon peptide saga is finally over. As dull as it was for us all, it did deliver SuperCoach Gold last season and next year is no different, if not better. This time, rather than the cash cows, we welcome back the prime stud, all of which are due for a nice discount….. and they just might feel they have a point to prove too.
There’s no doubt Michael Hurley’s beard is a disgrace, but the boy can play and more importantly, have SuperCoach impact. The former pick 5 did stuff all up forward in his formative years, but once he was swung back, he stitched up key forwards and started to clock up the points. He should definitely be a bomber on your radar.
— Hurley’s Beard (@hurleys_beard) September 10, 2016
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$464,200|
|Games last season:||19|
|Average in 2015:||95|
|100+ games last season:||9|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range in 2015:||$440K – $490K|
|Missed games last season:||Missed the whole season on suspension|
In 2014 Hurley’s goal scoring output dropped dramatically as a direct result of playing 150 metres from the sticks, quite obviously he was now a key position back. The switch rejuvenated his career. His disposal count doubled. He took more marks and rebound 50’s were added to his threat. In season 2015 he was averaging 21.3 disposals with 6.9 marks per game and at an average of just under 95sc points per game.
His disposal efficiency was decent enough at 76%, but he did churn out 43 clangers while preferring uncontested possessions at a rate of about 2.5 to 1. This however was offset by 107 rebound 50’s with 17 inside 50’s to boot. And that my friends is where we hit the payload.
A year out of the game could mean he comes back lethargic and takes time to warm up, time that we as supercoaches don’t have. Taking into account his injury history raises our biggest concern. He hasn’t once played a full season! In 2015 he managed 19 games, further back it was 20 games in 2014 and more worryingly just 16 a piece in 2012/13. It also remains to be seen how John Worsfold will utilise him in 2017.
With his predicted starting price of
410k (now confirmed at $464,200) he should be in your backline. From there the only way is up for someone of his scoring ability. Selecting him will save you coin for your round 1 side and those who choose him will be backing him to push on to be a top 6 defender come season’s end. If he’s a DPP, and it’s a stretch he regains it, then he becomes lock worthy.
- Cheaper than he should be.
- High ceiling, highest score is a 170.
- A rebound king.
- He’s 26, his best footy is yet to come.
- A year out of the game is a long time. Can he regain his 2015 form?
- He’s injury prone – He’s only managed 20+ games once in a season.
- Will Worsfold maintain the status quo?
The SuperCoach gods are throwing us a bone here community. Price is the key factor. He’s unders for mine and with big scoring potential he’s too good to pass up in your backline. I’m still hopeful he’ll regain his fwd/def eligibility – but either way, with or without DPP – he’s a YES for me.
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