Jock has a lot of blokes he’d spoon in the comp.
Gary Ablett. Nathaniel Fyfe. Nick Riewoldt. If he were any lesser man I’d doubt his ability to get round to all these blokes. To make them happy. To please them. But if any man can have dozens of mistresses and please the top 10 Brownlow runners up for the past 5 years all in the same month, it’s Jock. Bloody. Reynolds.
I’m a bit more chaste. While I’m no Peter Higginbotham, I struggle to get up and about unless the bloke in question is in red and black. I can be breathless at a Nat Fyfe screamer or a Shane Mumford slam, but it doesn’t quite do it for me like the blokes from Bomberland.
I’ll look at Zach Merrett in coming weeks, no doubt, but I’m opening the bank balance with the man who will steer Essendon out of the dark times that have been the Essendon Doping Scandal. The blonde-headed light in the darkness.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$513,300|
|2017 Est. Position:||MID|
|Games in 2015:||22|
|Average in 2015:||104.8|
|100+ games in 2015:||15|
|Sub 80 games in 2015:||3|
|Price range in 2016:||NA|
|Missed games last season:||All of them.|
Dyson Heppell is 24. He’s likely to be the next captain at Essendon, with Jobe unlikely to stick around in the role formally. BUT – he is part of those who were banned for 12 months. He hasn’t played a game of football since September 6, 2015. That’s a long, long time to be out of the game, and I reckon Heppell, and the rest of the returning players, will take time to come back to the speed of AFL.
That said, 24 is coming into the prime of his career, and we’ve seen it for a long time – this boy can play football, and play it very bloody well. He kicks more than he handballs, and averaged 4.8 tackles a game in his last season. He’s also not too impartial to a sneaky third man up hitout for a few extra points to snack on.
But there is – as there always is – a downside. Dyson is an outside player, and no matter which way you look at it, outside players don’t score as well as those that go in and get the hard ball. His disposal efficiency is 70%, and from someone who gets 16 uncontested possessions a game, that needs to be 75%+ for mine.
His averages also don’t encourage me. We were looking at Dyson breaking the 110 barrier in 2015, and were disappointed. While he was reliable as anything, he only had two games above 125, and that’s not enough to cut it.
We’ve got too many stars packed into the midfield this year to be chasing a bloke who’ll be playing his first game for 18 months in March. As much as I love him, I’d take Zach Merrett, and about 12 others, above him for the start of the year.
However, keep your eyes peeled on him for a sneaky upgrade. If he start averaging a consistent 115, hitting 130 every third week or so, I’ll be licking my lips and seeing if I can slip in in.
What do you think, community?
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