In my first series of articles for Jock I penned one called “The draft Theft of Isaac Heeney”.
It would be most unlike the AFL to afford ludicrous concessions to Sydney based clubs.
The GWS Giants 3rd grade NEAFL team now boasts a full team of first round draft picks. The ones they don’t want they toss to Carlton. Carlton’s ground will soon be sponsored by John West “for the fish the Giant’s reject”.
Whilst all of us are up in arms at the list the Giant’s have assembled, it’s worth noting the 2 best midfielders from the last 2 drafts have ended up on the Swans list. This is bloody lucky, because they don’t have enough gun Midfielders.
Callum Mills is a reasonable player. Played all his footy as a junior as a midfielder, Horse couldn’t find a spot for him there, so he threw him in the backline. And what do you know he won the rising star. If he gets moved to the midfield throw a few bucks on him to win the Brownlow.
The previous year & as the rules stated at the time you only needed to cough up your next pick to land your academy player. The bid came for Heeney by Melbourne at pick 2, The Swans next pick was about pick 18. The Swans got a bargain.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$433,400|
|Games last season:||20|
|Average in 2016:||79.65|
|100+ games last season:||4|
|Sub 80 games last season:||12|
|Price range in 2016:||$313K – $451K|
|Missed games last season:||2. One rested & one in the NEAFL playing as a Midfielder|
What interests me most about Heeney is his late season move to the Midfield. He averaged 94.25 during the finals playing more as a mid. The departure of Tom Mitchell also leaves a void that Heeney is ready made to step into. The Swans didn’t put up a fight to keep TMitch, they saw the retention of Heeney & Mills as far more important. And rightly so.
We know that it doesn’t matter how many Gun mids Sydney have. They all continue to score well. Is there room for another point pig? Absolutely.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) September 29, 2016
Only two that I can think of. Injury being the first. He does have a history of knee injuries, but he wasn’t effected in 2016. The other is does he goes back to the Fwd line & play predominately Fwd. Have we been hoodwinked & Mills takes the Mid time.
There is no way you’d pick him as a Mid only. Who knows if he will have MID Status? Note from Jock – now confirmed as FWD only. It was only a late season move to the Mids.
But he will have FWD status, no doubt about that. Regardless, there will be a changing of the guard in the FWD line. Dusty & Zerret will be MID only. Joey Montagna will be a DEF, & Lids doesn’t play enough to be fantasy relevant anymore. Did Zorko & Dahlhouse play enough in the FWD line to retain their status? If they do lose that status then who do we have left?
Key position forwards…. Excuse me whilst I clean up the spew on my keyboard!
- Where do you start.
- Excellent overhead Mark
- Pill magnet in the guts
- Kicks goals
- We don’t know his exact role for 2017
- Can miss due to injury
- 430K or thereabouts is a tricky price.
Like any business, it’s about turnover. If the FWD premiums we once had to rely on disappear then the next batch of guns need to be called upon.
There is no doubting the ability of Isaac Heeney, it’s all about the role. He will certainly be high on the radar during the NAB series. If it does look like he’s filling the void of Tom Mitchell then gee it will be hard to knock him back.
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