Are you Jack Watts in disguise?
One of the most hyped young players of recent seasons, Jack Martin has been lauded by Gary Ablett Jnr as possessing freakish skills…… On the training track. Game day has shown his ability to take pack marks and kick the pill beautifully off either foot, yet somehow serve up possessionless quarters.
Starting 2016 on fire he booted 9 goals in the first 3 rounds while posting 90,111,91 before he and the Suns went off the boil serving up a 39 in round 4 and being dismal until rd9 (he didn’t break 65!). In rd 8 when Adam Saad did his hammy late in the third, Rocket Eade shifted Martin to half-back. And thus begun his resurrection of SuperCoach relevance by ensuring he got the coveted DPP status for 2017. He would go on to improve his output without really living up to the promise delivered early, so can we expect this sun to shine next season?
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||74.3|
|100+ games last season:||3|
|Sub 80 games last season:||11|
|Price range last season:||$415K – $288K|
|Missed games last season:||
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The answer to my question?
If the Suns improve he’ll surely play his part – he’s shown he can be a rebounding defender and produce attacking returns. He could find himself working in tandem with Kade Koldjashnij, who could also tempt you as a defensive selection, either could prove to be astute picks – but do we see both averaging over 100? From rd9 onwards Jack only broke the ton twice after his move back. And remember prior to that when he goal hangs up forward he goes missing big time, not even getting a touch in a quarter. Not a sausage for 25 mins! He’s only 21 so there’s plenty of room to move, but this former number 1 draft pick might do an apple cucumber on us. Think Jack Watts. Shudder.
He’s talking the talk in preseason, says he’ll bulk up and play wherever he’s told, if he adds some muscle and can add pressure to his game – tackling is a good points earner if you’re not going to touch the ball Jack! Then consistency will be found and SuperCoaches will be rewarded.
Likely to be picked as a speculative selection – his DPP status will tempt many. If you do go down this path you’d be hoping he’ll average around the ton, mostly in your backline, and become a keeper allowing you to swing trades forward and back.
- DPP status
- Highly skilful
- Suns will surely improve next season
- Hugely inconsistent scoring output
- Goes missing
- Uncertain role
This is very much a buyer beware scenario. Priced at 400k with DPP he’s etched into my watchlist psyche. I’ve had him in and out of my side so far, when he fires he looks brilliant. I’m a glass is half full type of SuperCoach. But, as Jock has taught us, there’s no room for sentiment if you want glory. Go with the wise. And on this one, my stance is to wait and see before making a potential corrective trade in 5-6 rounds.
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