“He who believes in the Son (Jack, son of Todd) has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of the SuperCoach Gods abides on him.” – John 3:36
by Billy Friend
As soon as he came out of the womb, Jack Viney was destined to play AFL. The lad is a bull. A contested ball winning machine that will soon begin to dominate more and more games.
I’m going to try and put on my Higgo cape here, because I can see two statistical areas that point to significant room for improvement for this stallion.
The big jawed bulldog averaged 12.8 contested possessions, 5.9 clearances and 7 tackles last year. Impressive, but not quite elite. Believe me when I say that Jack Viney is the future of the Melbourne Football Club midfield, and he’s already the bloody leader of that midfield group.
Forget the bald nut Jones who was only noticeable when the Dees lost by 100 points every week, forget Tyson, the ageing Vince will probably spend a lot of time on the back flank, forget Lewis who’ll add that extra experience, forget the young brigade of Oliver and Petracca. Viney is Melbourne’s man.
— AFL Nation (@AFLNation) September 21, 2016
He has spent his whole career developing his craft as a tough inside midfielder and has been forced into tagging roles on and off for the last two seasons. This has hampered his scoring significantly, but is no longer a concern as he’s spent the last 17 games playing 1 on 1 with an opponent, going crazy for the football. Coming into his fifth season, all my noggin is yelling out to me is breakout. He will be 23 and I can truly see him having a Cotchin like (Lego hair won the brownlow!) impact in a breakout season in an exciting Melbourne side. All of the above statistics will undoubtedly improve, but with another preseason through his legs, Viney could become an elite contested ball winning machine
His game was let down by a disposal efficiency of 66.7%, and average of 3.9 clangers and 1.3 frees against per game. Now, he’s no Pendlebury and I don’t see his DE pushing above 70% but it doesn’t need to. JPK, Parker, Dusty, Danger, they’re all below 70% so this sin’t what is letting Viney down. If young Jack can improve his kicking efficiency ever so slightly and reduce his clangers (3.9 is significant), which I actually see happening in a Melbourne team that has big room for improvement, there will be less -4s, and more points for his owners. Even if he isn’t able to rid himself of the clanger life, I reckon he’s got the goods to cover it. Using JPK as an example once again, he’s not an efficient kick and is prone to turnovers, but he’s averaged over 110 since 1935. This is what I believe Viney will become, and next year could be the year.
|Games in 2016:||21|
|Average in 2016:||96.4|
|100+ games in 2016:||9|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||6|
|Price range in 2016:||$450K – $550K|
|Missed games last season:||
Selecting someone like Viney in our 8 man midfields is a make or break move. If young Jack doesn’t explode into ultra premium status next year then he will be an awkward selection lingering around throughout the year. A bloke that is neither here nor there can be a SuperCoach drainer, just ask me about Dylan Shiel last year. Melbourne, funnily enough, now have a plethora of quality midfielders. The addition of Jordan Lewis could see a reduction of focus on Viney, and the emergence of Petracca and Oliver could also stop Jack from reaching the next step. A new coach in 2016 casts the slightest bit of doubt over his role as an inside midfielder, but after the nab we should have enough of idea.
Viney is the classic breakout pick, so selecting him means you’re wanting to hold on to him for the whole season, or at least until the final few rounds.
- Another year of development of the Melbourne midfield only points to Viney’s significant improvement.
- He is a contested handballing behemoth, we’ve seen the JPK’s and Priddis’ of the world reap the SuperCoach rewards of that type of game style. He is also, like those two, a tackling machine.
- Is vital to the Dees’ finals hopes so will carry much of the midfield burden.
- He’s still young, so another preseason might just trigger a huge year
- He is in the age bracket where historically the guns become the elite.
- It’s a risky selection, and you’ll be ignoring the likes of Pendlebury, Selwood, Hannebery, JPK etc. -If Viney doesn’t deliver early you’ll be behind the 8 ball.
- The way he plays, he might run into the bloody goal post and get KO’D. Is susceptible to concussion and impact injuries.
I really can see Viney becoming that bloke that makes us say “imagine if we picked Jacky boy from the start.” There’s always blokes that put their hands up to enter the SuperCoach elite each season and Jack has all the credentials to knock the door down. At this stage, it’s a no purely because I would be turning down blokes that have done it before, but I wish I had the testicular fortitude to pick him.
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