TEAM REVEAL: DAMO
I’ve somehow done it. In all the uncertainty surrounding rookies, I have somehow managed to finish with a team in the realm of a Guns’n’Rookies structure.
There are a few contingency plans I have for various rookie and other selection issues, but I have sat on this team setup for the last few days and so I think it’s ready to show off.
Five. That’s right, five premium defenders and one rookie. I can see at least 4 of these 5 defenders being a top 8 defender by season’s end. Lloyd, Laird, Stewart speak for themselves while Jayden Short became too hard to ignore after his AAMI series game when he scored gazillion points. Jeremy Howe looked awesome in the 67% game time he played in the AAMI game, scoring 90 points with ease, too.
Jeremy Howe is part of my contingency plan though, he’ll be moved to a cheaper option if the basement priced rookies don’t arrive.
Lachie Neale will be a top 8 midfielder, he’s probably a little expensive but you pay for consistency and reliable captaincy option. Tim Taranto is about 150k cheaper than he should be, no pre-season and limited preparation meant he was only just going for most of last season. Travis Boak should average around 110 again in a side pushing for a premiership. You may notice Luke Valente is still in my side despite not featuring in the pre-season matches, and that is because I’m not convinced a round 1 debut is off the table.
Set and forget. Lloyd Meek will inherit the earth. The end.
I’m selecting Zak Butters as a premium. The Port pocket rocket is slated for more midfield time, and despite not attending many centre bounces in the AAMI Community Series game against the Crows, he still managed to score 126 points. Jack Ziebell is too cheap for what he’ll more than likely produce, while Braeden Campbell at F3 may seem risky, and it is, but he seems to be taking on that half-back role which is now vacated by Callum Mills.
In the end, I’ve probably played it safe but this was the happiest formation of my side that I have made over the last 8 weeks or so. Rookies will be subject to change, of course.