Rory Sloane Supercoach 2017Sloanedog Millionaire

by The Stiv 

Why does Rory Sloane deserve a spot in your 2017 Supercoach team?

a) He has a 5 year SC average of 108.6 points

b) He started 2016 in only 3% of teams

c) He’s great value

d) It is written

2017 Price: $591,000
2017 Position: MID
Games last season: 21
Average last season: 108.6
100+ games last season: 12
Sub 80 games last season: 1
Price range last season: $536,600 – $592,900
Missed games last season:
  • 1 – suspension
Significant history:
  • Averaged 105+ for the past 5 seasons.
  • Averaged 114.8 points in 2014.
  • Taken at pick #44 in the 2008 draft.

Jock Reynolds Supercoach Magazine 2017


Just like a young Indian lad rising up from the slums to win a million dollars, Rory Sloane is the ultimate underdog. The ancient saying “it is written” loosely translates to “it is destiny”, although in this case it is not clear exactly who is doing the writing. This Sloane dog seems to be carving out his own path, despite preconceptions of what makes a midfield beast. Or perhaps this was fated by the Supercoach Gods all along.

Sloane’s emergence as an Alpha in the Supercoach pecking order has been against all odds. Rory was taken at a lowly pick #44 in his draft year.  In an age dominated by midfield behemoths, Rory clocks in at a modest 6 ft tall and 83 kg’s. He’s not the quickest player either.

Whilst being much smaller than the Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, and German Shepherd, Sloanedog’s pedigree is akin to that of the Siberian Husky. Husky’s boast incredible strength for their medium size and an endurance and determination that rivals any within the canine world.

Comparable to pulling a sled through kilometres of Arctic snow in the harshest conditions known to man (or dog), Sloanedog will never relent as he powers through, valiantly carrying the weight of the Adelaide midfield on his shoulders.


Sloane has the capacity to be an elite Supercoach midfielder as he showed in 2014 when he averaged 114.8 points but most years he averages between 105 and 109 points. The risk is that you give up such a valuable premium midfield position to a player that doesn’t end up in the top 10. Of the midfielders that played 20 or more home and away matches in 2016, Sloane finished 12th for average SC points and 17th for total SC points.


Sloane doesn’t tend to start in many teams but his selection % generally improves in the latter part of the year. So you can start him as a POD set and forget option or jump on when he bottoms out in price or hits his late run of form.

He has a knack for finishing seasons off well. Over his last 5 games of each SC season since 2013, Rory averages 121.8 points. At the beginning of that segment he is priced at an average of $517K. You’d take that kind of points to price ratio any day of the week.


  • Man’s best friend
  • Sled-pulling machine
  • Rare breed – POD
  • Has a taste for blood – averaged 7 tackles per game in 2016
  • Loyal – doesn’t normally miss more than 1 game per season (2015 is a notable exception)
  • Alpha male – clearly Adelaide’s no.1 midfielder


  • Expensive
  • Can’t quite match the scoring of the big dogs of the comp


As a relative POD, I really want to start the Sloanedog Millionaire in my midfield but personally I just don’t have a spot for him. There are too many good midfield starting options this year; however, Sloane still gets The Stiv’s seal of approval and I am likely to pick him up in the latter part of the season.

YES – as an upgrade target

Will you be selecting Sloanedog in 2017?

The Stiv.


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Rory Sloane Poll:


Cameron · 17/12/2016 at 15:33

Great article Jock! Although his 2017 price is 591k…

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 15:50

    Thanks Cameron. Yes 591K is correct.

      jockreynolds · 17/12/2016 at 16:49

      Thanks Cameron and sorry Stiv my mistake – I've just updated it. Great write up Stiv. I for one have him locked into my midfield.. his mate Brad Crouch will likely be alongside him as well

        The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 17:40

        No worries Jock. Glad to hear he's getting a run in your squad. Brad Crouching-One now that's an interesting selection. Would love to see a write up of him.

          Moustachio · 17/12/2016 at 20:25

          Forget brad, I want a writeup of matt. Av of 104 last 12 games of season after coming back from injury. Could be in for a big year.

Nick Wealands · 17/12/2016 at 15:45

I really really really want to start Sloane in 2017 but may not find the space, although I do think he's at the stage of his career where a 115+ average is more than likely he will be competing against other players such as a JPK or Hannebery for that starting spot

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 17:44

    I want him in but he's not taking JPK's spot in my side. Sloane has tough competition around his price.

Kev · 17/12/2016 at 15:57

Great stuff, Stiv.

The big standout from your research is that he comes home strong, that's a great reason not to start with him and have a good look instead. Opposition teams had some success towards the end of the year tagging him, something to look out for.

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 16:40

    Thanks Kev. Yes his final 5 games this year (ave 106.2) were not as strong as the previous years, quite possibly from the tagging you mentioned, but if you look at his scoring from the second half of the year (ave 113.2) it shows he's still worth a look later.

I N Pieman · 17/12/2016 at 16:02

Love the way this bloke goes about it. Picked him up early last season as a POD & he was gold. Bye structure dependent. I'm not afraid of his price because I can square off his price with value elsewhere. Quality stuff Stiv

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 17:43

    Cheers mate. It's hard not to like Rory. I think he's a great POD. He's about as safe a POD as you can get.

      I N Pieman · 17/12/2016 at 21:04

      Agree Stiv. If the crows have a great year he will be plenty of the reason it happened. I'm thinking they will

        The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 22:24

        I'm with you Pieman. I reckon they're in for a good year.

hedski · 17/12/2016 at 17:42

Now a firm upgrade target along with Gray (after early bye).
Comprehensive and compelling Stiv.

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 17:54

    Thanks hedski I appreciate that mate.

TRIGGER HAPPY · 17/12/2016 at 18:25

Love the sloanedog stiv.
Normally ends up in my team but may start him 2017.
It is out of bont, cripps and sloanedog.

As cripps injured and look like having a few dogs and swans as starters sloanedog may get the nod to spread out the impact of the byes.

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 19:12

    Sounds like a good plan. I can't wait to see how other teams' midfields take shape. The balance between proven, fallen, and upcoming premos. For me it's looking like 2 proven, 2-3 discounted and 1 up and coming.

    Captain Awesome · 18/12/2016 at 10:39

    How bad is Cripps injured? Might have to give the Sloan dog a run

BarronVonCrow · 17/12/2016 at 18:30

I luv Rory.

    I N Pieman · 17/12/2016 at 18:36

    Hampton BVC. What's news with him?

      BarronVonCrow · 17/12/2016 at 19:22

      Been spending some time training with the midfield group, which is good. Pyke apparently wants to start being able to throw a few more dynamic players through the middle for spurts, which means someone like Hampton could have a decent year (if he stays healthy).

      I'm heading down to training on Wednesday, will update on the twitters on what I see.

        I N Pieman · 17/12/2016 at 20:16

        Salivating BVC. Give us some gold sir

    The Stiv · 17/12/2016 at 19:13

    What's not to love? 🙂

Adam · 17/12/2016 at 21:20

Strongly considering starting Sloane to join my current five mids (Dangerfield, Pendlebury, Kennedy, Selwood and Fyfe) but he is vying with Hannebery, Bontempelli and Rockliff for the M6 spot. In 2016 he averaged 119.91 from 11 games at Adelaide Oval and 8 of their first 13 games are at Adelaide Oval in 2017. In 2016 he averaged 110.94 in wins and 101.2 in losses as well as 110.78 against top 9 teams compared to 107 against bottom 9 teams. Averaged 110.83 in night games in 2016 and they have 7 night games before the bye as well as 3 afternoon games at an average of 99 and 2 twilight games at an average of 119 in 2016. Also 8 of his first 10 games are on a Saturday on which he averaged 101.08 in 2016 compared to a 115.4 average on a Sunday. After the first 10 games he has 5 of his next 7 games on a Thursday/Friday night from which he averaged 130 in 3 games in 2016.

Luskin Star · 17/12/2016 at 21:44

Good read but its a no from me. As good as he is cant see him as top 10. Even as a trade in target i think you want your midfield set as soon as possible so waiting for his traditional strong finish doesnt appeal to me

throttlefinger · 17/12/2016 at 22:22

Strongly considering. Tend to agree with The Shiv that he's a must include but will wait a bit until his price drops…and it always does. Then again, this could be the year where he comes out snarling and doesn't lose steam. Certainly has the potential. Preseason form probably will tilt me one way or the other. Much mulling ahead. Solid review as always Shiv.

Timmy. · 18/12/2016 at 00:08

Very interesting read… In 2016 around12 of the best scoring MIDS were all called upon at some point or other due to injuries and other such happenings, and Sloane looks to be readymade for one of those 'called upon when required spots' like if Ablett doesn't make it through again or Rocky has another back related ham-ping or FyfeIsLife snaps a fibula and the like…

neil demonsdelight · 18/12/2016 at 08:37

great read stiv hes one of my fav a bit steep but a pod needs to replace mega star probably who could go down in order Fyfe sellwood pendles AND Danger cant see last two so two of fyfye sellwood Sloan my thoughts sloan and one rippercheers report

The Bont · 18/12/2016 at 12:03

As a crows supporter I bloody love watching sloaney, like a rabbid dog after the ball in the guts . But as stated by several of the community not quite ultra premo. Hanners and treloar , Fyfe solid this year , Sloane might be a great pod though .

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