SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Jack Viney
The Demons’ co-captain had a year he’d probably rather forget for a multitude of reasons. The main reason though would be that he couldn’t stay on the park, an issue that hasn’t been much of a problem until last year. His foot was playing silly buggers and he had a few false starts as a result. Can he get past that to become a decent SuperCoach selection? Well, let’s take a look! *cue theme music*
He’ll play at almost every Melbourne stoppage and he’s good for a clearance or five. Averaging 5.1 per game across his career and 7.2 for 2018. Under the new 6-6-6 rule, if the intra-clubs are anything to go by, this number will likely increase.
Viney is also a tackling machine averaging a whopping 5.9 per game across his career, and as a result earns a lot of free kicks for his team. Clearances and tackles are rewarded in SuperCoach, giving Viney a safe floor. He doesn’t need to top 30+ possessions week in, week out.
He has the ceiling, he can go big. Not much to write home about in 2018 with his highest score being 116, but in 2017 he had a run of 7 games where he returned three scores above 120, and only two scores below 95.
Viney does not go unnoticed, and when he is tagged his scores suffer and that’s not good for SuperCoach. As evidenced in the 2018 Finals series, he was great against Geelong and Hawthorn, but as soon as Mark Hutchings came along and decided to wear Jack like a glove, he scored a 49 and was pretty ineffective on the day – much like the rest of the Melbourne team.
Consistency has only become an issue as times gone on, and it’s probably to do with the Melbourne side becoming a lot stronger and a lot more competitive. In 2017, the year Viney averaged his highest amount (97.0), he would usually have a score a stone’s throw from that. Since then Demons have grown as a team they have obviously relied on him less and less and as such he is no longer required to do a the bulk the grunt work with Nathan Jones. Most times he’s good for a score around the 70 mark but as SuperCoaches we need more than that.
Jack’s foot. Feet are ugly things anyway, but Jack’s is especially ugly because it’s been injured and causing him some grief. Foot injuries are ones that teams will be really cautious about because you need your feet to play the game and without them you’re pretty useless. Last year was the first time he’d had a long term injury. If you don’t do the right amount of rehab to get the foot ticking along again like it should, then Jack Trengove will tell you you’re pretty cactus until it’s fixed.
I know all the evidence I’ve shown you today probably point to a No, but I actually like this selection in 2019. If he can prove in the JLT that his foot is all good, and continues his good form from 2018 and the final series, then I see no issue in selecting him. Putting the money saved aside, he’ll be a good point of difference if nothing else. I do understand the reasoning as to why not as well, and the more I write this the less I want him in my team, but I don’t think he’s a terrible pick to start with.
What you reckon, community? In 8% of sides to date, have you been able to fit him in?