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Free Agency 2021

BillyJean17

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Agree that Kelly is overrated. Nice player but just doesn't impact games enough when the heat is on.

There is one standout who suits us perfectly:

- getability
- wage (high, but not ridiculous)
- free-agent
- would leave his club
- two way runner - tackles (5.3 career average)
- wins the ball for fun (4th league disposals 2020)
- has pace & endurance
- Moves the ball forward (7th in metres gained in 2020) which we love
- suits our style down to the ground
- Only 25

No-one has really mentioned for a while and should be clear number 1 target ILHO

Zach Merrett
I thought you mentioned impacts games , cant say I’ve ever noticed , no way I’d pay him inflated wages , he ll move for like 800 plus , no bloody way
 
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mrposhman

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I thought you mentioned impacts games , cant say I’ve ever noticed , no way I’d pay him inflated wages , he ll move for like 800 plus , no bloody way

I think Merrett would be an out and out gun in our midfield. Remember he is carrying the Bummers midfield on his back like a camel.
 
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The Big Richo

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I thought you mentioned impacts games , cant say I’ve ever noticed , no way I’d pay him inflated wages , he ll move for like 800 plus , no bloody way

Why would GWS let him go as a restricted free agent for 800k when they have already budgeted for him to be paid a million for the next 8 years?

They will match 800k in a heartbeat and sit back and ask for 3 picks in the top 20 for a trade.
 

BillyJean17

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Why would GWS let him go as a restricted free agent for 800k when they have already budgeted for him to be paid a million for the next 8 years?

They will match 800k in a heartbeat and sit back and ask for 3 picks in the top 20 for a trade.
I was talking about Merrett
 
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BillyJean17

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I think Merrett would be an out and out gun in our midfield. Remember he is carrying the Bummers midfield on his back like a camel.
He reminds me too much of Heppell and Shiel theta keep themselves busy doing nothing , neither ever impact a game that leaves you thinking sheesh ,,,it’s why Ess are crap , it’s no accident
 

momentai

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At least one triple premiership player is likely to retire at the end of this season. A second and possibly a third multi may also finish up.

The club has kept tight. Players are well supported. Players have been loyal.
We have some excellent prospects coming through.
Last year Balta and Bolton moved to the first rank.
This year expect CD, Dow, Ralphsmith and Martyn to be given opportunities, and do well.
There is no area where we have a glaring deficiency.

Money should be spent on long term contracts for Balta/Bolton and 2 yr contracts for the rest.
Maybe we will trade out a few and then hit the draft.
 
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mrposhman

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He reminds me too much of Heppell and Shiel theta keep themselves busy doing nothing , neither ever impact a game that leaves you thinking sheesh ,,,it’s why Ess are crap , it’s no accident

I don't think he's anything like those. IMO Heppell is massively overrated. He';s been bog average for a few years now. Shiel they thought they were recruiting a gun but got him.

Merrett I see more in the mould of Cotch in 2015/16. Accumulates a lot due to stale and slow play style. Reckon he would excel massively in a quicker game plan (like ours). He's a good kick, tackles well and runs both ways. He's the prototype of a Richmond player and reckon he will excel much like Cotch did when better players were added around him.
 
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dusty123456

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Maybe an unpopular opinion, but I actually think Merret isnt that great. Way too outside for me and dare I say it, a bit soft. As someone mentioned he does what Cotchin used to cop slack for. He goes for those cheap possesions. I dont think of player of his style (Kelly included in this) is a need. And Dodoro would ask for 4 1st rounders...

I would much rather a Tarranto or Cerra type.
 
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Giardiasis

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At least one triple premiership player is likely to retire at the end of this season. A second and possibly a third multi may also finish up.

The club has kept tight. Players are well supported. Players have been loyal.
We have some excellent prospects coming through.
Last year Balta and Bolton moved to the first rank.
This year expect CD, Dow, Ralphsmith and Martyn to be given opportunities, and do well.
There is no area where we have a glaring deficiency.

Money should be spent on long term contracts for Balta/Bolton and 2 yr contracts for the rest.
Maybe we will trade out a few and then hit the draft.
Agree with this. None of the players bar Bontempelli is worth paying marquee wages to and draft currency for IMO. Let’s not fall into the trap Hawthorn did by trying to keep the ship floating by paying too much for players like Mitchell and O’Meara.

We have good talent coming through, let’s keep developing them and only hit the buy button on opposition players where the price is right.
 
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bairdy380

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I think Vlaustin is a genuine risk to be lost to the cattery.... suits his lifestyle, Grigga is there and they will have some serious coin on the table for back end contracts with some marquee cats nearing the end.
 
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TigerMasochist

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I think Vlaustin is a genuine risk to be lost to the cattery.... suits his lifestyle, Grigga is there and they will have some serious coin on the table for back end contracts with some marquee cats nearing the end.
But they don't need Flossy, they already have Tom Stewart.
 

Born_a_Tiger78

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At least one triple premiership player is likely to retire at the end of this season. A second and possibly a third multi may also finish up.
So out of McIntosh, Caddy, Graham, Short, Lynch, Bolton, Baker and Pickett, I can only see Caddy finishing up at the end of year. And I'm not even sure Caddy will be in the best available 22 come this year's Grand Final win.
 

BillyJean17

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I think Vlaustin is a genuine risk to be lost to the cattery.... suits his lifestyle, Grigga is there and they will have some serious coin on the table for back end contracts with some marquee cats nearing the end.
I considered they’d be interested however they wouldn’t have tpp space after squeezing Cameron onto the list. I couldn’t see Vlas being tempted to leave , he s capt material for mine
 
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