Rocky MK II?
No not Tommy Rockliff , this Rocky
When Jake Lloyd was just 13 his father Tony started him in fitness training with former South Sydney and Parramatta conditioning coach Jimmy Wright. And we’re not just talking a few light jogs here. Workouts included squats, push ups, Jock Reynolds burpees, speed ball work and sprint work as well as runs up near Mount Arapiles. Coupled with this was a strict diet and sleeping regime (except when Jake was woken up at 3am by Jimmy for a training session).
Some would say this is borderline insane and pushing the boundaries , but whatever your opinion the proof is in the pudding. Jake is an incredibly fit (and equally importantly) and emotionally strong young man.
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|Games last season:||26 (inc finals)|
|Average last season:||84.6|
|100+ games last season:||4|
|Sub 80 games last season:||10|
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Looking at those 100+ and sub 80 scores I hear you saying ‘Bont.. back in your box mate’ but hear me out…
Early on in the season Lloyd played predominantly as an outside midfielder . And while his output wasn’t overly bad, an average of 80.7 before the bye wouldn’t be deemed as overly relevant, especially considering he wasn’t a dual position player in 16 .
However then came what can often drag a player into relevance , a role change . John Longmire decided that Lloyd was a good enough ball user and had the decision making abilities he needed off half back .
What then transpired was a 9 round average of 90.1 to finish the season , along with a handy average of 91.25 through the four finals .
Average touches also lifted from 23 to 25 , but more interestingly for us supercoachers was the increase in kicks from a meagre 12.9 pre bye to 17.5 post bye. When you think of every quality defender you think of a kick to handball ratio , and it jumped sharply from 1.2: 1 to 2.16:1 .
What all this shows is if this half back / wing role continues we can expect (hope) that Lloyds average at the very least stays consistent at that 90 odd average he accrued from round 15.
When I look at the first page of SuperCoach defenders this year I see Docherty, Simpson, Shaw, maybe Adams and Burgoyne . Then I see a lot of mid priced ‘potential’, and that’s all it is. Beyond page one, a lot of ‘could be relevant’ types . Think Williams , think T Mac , think Tuohy, think Hartlett, think Lloyd.
These are the type of players that always tease us, oozing with potential, but always fraught with Danger.
Will Lloyd be able to continue evolving into his half back role and become a master accumulator? I believe he has all the attributes to play this plus one role that Simpson, Heater and co have played so beautifully for us over the years. But unfortunately until we see pre season this is just a pipe dream, and there lies the risk .
Durability is no issue , nor is his security in the team . As mentioned above Lloyd is a super hard worker and has adjusted to every role thrown at him so far, a great utility player.
Typical breakout contender. 23 years old, fourth season, a spike in average each year. He has all the things were looking for, but so did Kade Kolodjashnij. Remember him??
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
- Nice DEF/MID dual position
- great role : mix of half back and wing
- large increase in kick to handball ratio
- young, durable, secure role.
- part of a very smooth moving quality Sydney outfit. Has spent time training in the midfield group, think of the kind of quality Intel/ experience one could get training around the likes of Kennedy, Parker, Hanners and co.
- Showed great maturity and composure when thrust into his new role in the second half of 2016. Quality ball user .
- will he continue his role off half back in 2017 , evidence suggests that his average will drop if he was to be put back into his outside midfield role again
- still reasonably expensive at his price (460k)
- could be another mid price bomb
- is this a year to be experimenting with the defence ?
- happens to play next to Dane Rampe who is a brilliant ball user by foot , definitely won’t get as many hand ball receives and cheap kicks as a Docherty/Shaw .
Watch pre season role
I’ll be watching his JLT cup form to see if they continue to play him in a SC friendly role as a plus one .
By the Bont
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