I know the coaches at Caulfield were really surprised on how average he was at Crows. Looked all at sea. To defend him the back line at Crows was under siege when he played that season. Difficult circumstances to debut in.Big difference playing school footy v NAB Cup.
Where did he play for the dragons? Mostly back. He was bigger than most and relied on size. Drafted as a key defender.
Did you watch him fro the crows? Very average. And it's not like there wasn't a spot there for the taking. Lacked the athleticisim required now.
Hope he gets back to enjoying his footy.
He's not "athletic" though. He might be slim but he aint quick or agile. It was actually one of the areas he needed to improve. Balta is athletic. Miller is athletic. McAsey is far from it.I know the coaches at Caulfield were really surprised on how average he was at Crows. Looked all at sea. To defend him the back line at Crows was under siege when he played that season. Difficult circumstances to debut in.
His success at junior/school had as much to do with how good he was as a footballer/athlete as it was his size. 195cm in yr12 but was never what you would call a "man child".
I did have a suspicion that footy meant more to his parents than to him and that he may been one of those kids who enjoyed footy, didn't love it but was good at it. May be wrong on that but was always something I thought possible.
Still think he will get back as a rookie somewhere. Athletic 195cm guys who can take a good grab are always in demand.
I find it astonishing that a 21 yo whose had 3 years without imposing himself in SANFL, says unambiguously
He doesnt like footy,
And heaps of people want to recruit him!
Straight projection, we'd all give our left nut to play for Richmond so how could anyone possibly not want to?
Fact is being a professional footballer isn't a lifestyle that suits a lot of people, but most don't have the courage to say so. Good on this lad for doing it.