Brad Crouch Supercoach 2017
Brother in arms (just hope the Achilles holds up)
Brothers in footy! There’s been a long tradition of brothers playing together and against each other over the years. There were the Madden, Jarman, Krakeour and Wakelin brothers, just to mention a few.
Tony Wilson, author and former Hawthorn reserves player recently release a kid’s book about the four Selwood brothers (Joel, Scott, Adam and Zeppo). It’s called ‘The Selwood Boys: Battle Royale’. I’ve not read it but I assume it covers their SuperCoach relevance: contested possessions, Free kick tallies etc. and you can colour in the pictures, too.
Speaking of brothers, let’s look at Brad Crouch. If Tony were to write about Adelaide’s Crouch brothers, I wonder what it would be titled? ‘The Crouch boys and the Inexplicable Injuries’ or ‘The Crouch boys: Sub Vests are SuperCoach Death’, perhaps? Both Crouch boys have yet to fulfil the absolute potential, Brad Crouch in particular.
Brad has never played more than 14 games in a season since beginning on 2013. In fact, he didn’t play at all in 2015 after a foot injury in the first quarter of the final pre-season challenge game. In 2016 there was much debate as to the selection of both or either Crouch brother. Brad was given a substantial injury discount to his starting price and he started the season, playing rounds 1 & 2 before doing a hammy and was nursed back via the SANFL, only to play two more games before being omitted. The Brad Crouch selection experiment for 2016 seemed a bust. That is unless you somehow saw through the injury and form issues and selected him as part of your bye strategy.
Things turned around after the bye. Brad played all remaining matches as well as Adelaide’s two finals appearances for 2016. It was in this period that we saw the heady potential that this boy could produce. In the final 10 H&A games he averaged 96.1. Drop out the 54 he scored in round 22 and his average was 100.7. During that time he played right in the guts and seemed to thrive.
In the 2017 season, he is direly required to perform as an inside mid. He will get his chance, along with his brother Matt, with further changes to the Adelaide midfield occurring, particularly the departure of Lyons and the decline of Thompson.
|Games last season:||14|
|Average last season:||86.8|
|100+ games last season:||4 (includes 144 in Round 20 against Brisbane)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$306,100 – $492,000|
|Missed games last season:||
Brad Crouch: breakdown king. He has only played 39 of a possible 91 games since debuting in Round 2, 2013.
Brad is so awkwardly priced at $471,400. As a midfield-only player that price makes him a relatively expensive midpricer. Do you use him as a stepping stone to a uber premo or do you hope he breaks the injury shackles and pushes towards or over the $600k barrier and becomes the premo we all hope he’d become? It’s too soon to know. However, if he has a strong pre-season and impresses in the challenge games he will be seriously considered by many coaches out there as a potentially cheap keeper for M8-M9 positions.
- He averaged 6.5 tackles per game in 2016
- In the last 10 H&A games and 2 finals he played entirely as an inside-mid, his rightful position
- Handballs somewhat more than he kicks
- Doesn’t take many marks
- Only scored 4 goals in 2016
- He’s relatively expensive at $471,400
There is much to like about Brad Crouch IF he can stay fit. He could easily reach his full potential and the sky’s the limit. He is awkwardly priced, too at $471,400. Pearce Hanley at his new club is only $200 more expensive and other similarly priced players include Armitage and Josh Kelly. However if he plays each week, improves his kick-to-handball ratio and kicks a few more goals (none of which are impossible for this lad), he could be a high risk/reward selection.
For me in 2017…
HE’S A WILL CONSIDER
Get around him on twitter! @seekersupacoach
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