- Apr 27, 2004
Another lions academy player. Welcome.
Good post!i am really happy that we have learned another solid lesson in 2019. Of course there is the glaring resilience in response to adversity lesson, but within this is also the demonstrated ‘if this young fella can go this far while not being supported properly , what will he be able to achieve in a supported, professional system‘ lesson. We have applied this to our draft picks this year, particularly with the academy blokes we robbed. I recon Brizzy and the Saints just don’t have the elite development systems we do and saw deficiencies rather than valuing talent and seeing opportunity. The most illustrative pick for me is That of Martyn. i am no draft guru and the vision seems to show a tough inside mid With skills. Nothing flashy, nothing really stands out to me. But why take him? There were a number still on the board who went through the private school Victorian sausage factory. The resilience and determination to consistently gather 30+ disposals and high contested numbers in a team getting flogged every game says alot. We again went to the draft with a mutated rating system. Time will tell how this will go and I was initially pissed off we didn’t grab the names on the phantom draft lists I was into but we are playing from a different book now with a different agenda. It is pretty exciting to see our club continually evolve and back its own systems without second guessing. It’s the revolution!