I think they’ve left list spots open for their players waiting on new contracts.The Pies have loaded up on picks to get the points for Daicos. Someone on here said the number of picks you take to the draft has to equal the number of players you take - so I assume that is actually not the case.
So Buckley was so committed to the tank that he was willing to be fired? and the Pies were so committed to covering up their tank that they gave away their 1st rd pick this year?Hate to say this but I had a close look at many of their matches this year, partly because I wanted to see evidence of what I suspected might be on the menu after the seismic shifts over delistings, salary cap issues and Eddie and Buckley's demise. Tanking that is.
I believe there were games where I saw just that - mostly manifested by an apparently mindless possession game playing kick to kick down back, refusing to attack. I was bemused by how many seemed fooled by this; putting it down to Buck's fixated defensive GP. However, what was just as obvious to me was that when they flicked the switch to attacking mode, they could really run the ball fast and effectively to score well. What's more, I was surprised by the breadth of the young talent they had to bring in. Most of them stood up and did well to OK: the likes of Bianco, M.Lynch, Macrae, Poulter, Murphy, McCreery, Henry, Ginnivan. This was in in a team without arguably the best KPD in the comp, Moore, for most of the season and other injured key players at times.
But note: among other poor games and results, lost to WB only by 16, BL by 1, PA by 1, Freo by 12, StK by 9, Cats by 10 etc.
They beat Godeez in an effective 4Q performance for Buck's farewell. Then turned us over by one of the customary Q4 efforts they could turn on when given a pass to attack. This was the last game I could attend: I predicted the switch might get flicked to my son. Blitzed us in Q4.
They almost did the same to the Moggies; later beat WCE by 45. Only turned in 2 crap performances in last 2 games - who cares; no use trying. Caretaker coach; draft position conscious for Daicos2 etc.
Overall, like I said, think that now they're ready for a quick turnaround. They've got a solid coaching panel in on much lower $$, and cleared out 3 overpaid players, none of whom have proven huge losses (Stevenson good season but 'head' issues; Tredder's injury issues, Phillips average). They've cut some more deadwood. Then if you add those young players they got games into with a better season from Grundy and key mids, improved DeGooey and Cameron etc, Quanyor and Noble whom I rate, plus factor in the next Daicos kid, regrettably I don't think they will be down too long. Not with a quality, proven coach who can harness and utilize young talent especially like Fly at the helm.
I wish it wasn't so, but suspect we just witnessed a clever "re-positioning."
Sheesh! If you were capable of reading and comprehending my first sentence - I'll quote the key words for you! " ... I wanted to see evidence of what I suspected might be on the menu after the seismic shifts over delistings, salary cap issues and Eddie and Buckley's demise."So Buckley was so committed to the tank that he was willing to be fired? and the Pies were so committed to covering up their tank that they gave away their 1st rd pick this year?
I think the rule is that if you use the cumulative points from say 5 picks to pay for a F/S or Academy selection then you need to use at least 5 draft picks. I think it can include rookie upgrades though.The Pies have loaded up on picks to get the points for Daicos. Someone on here said the number of picks you take to the draft has to equal the number of players you take - so I assume that is actually not the case.
They could tank for the spoon next year, lose De Goey, Moore and Elliott as free agents and have the first three or four picks in the draft.One thing is for sure, after today's trade the Pies are looking very sorry for a team in need of a rebuild.
Daicos is going to want to be one hell of a player.
Didnt see this post Spook when I wrote in the Draft Thread post.
Firstly all 3 won't leave.
I can't believe Danihiar got Essendon a first rounder
Sydney offered em 2 first rounders the year before for Daniher and they knocked it back. #dudodoroI can't believe Danihiar got Essendon a first rounder
And then that dud Fanstansia got them another quality pick.
Some clubs smack the free agency.
Clubs put on a massive front they're devastated they are losing players to free agency but behind closed doors celebrating with Joy.
Its unbelievable.Sydney offered em 2 first rounders the year before for Daniher and they knocked it back. #dudodoro