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  • Hurley

    15 17.44%
  • Yeo

    24 27.91%
  • Laird

    67 77.91%
  • Hibberd

    28 32.56%
  • Howe

    2 2.33%
  • Williams

    13 15.12%
  • Sicily

    23 26.74%
  • Gunston

    3 3.49%
  • Roberton

    4 4.65%
  • Ellis

    5 5.81%
  • Rance

    3 3.49%
  • Simpson

    11 12.79%
  • Witherden

    7 8.14%
  • Vlaustin

    0 0%
  • JJ

    1 1.16%
  • McGovern

    1 1.16%
  • McDonald

    6 6.98%
  • McGrath

    15 17.44%
  • Weller

    1 1.16%
  • Mills

    2 2.33%
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    Birchall saving us all the headache by having an interrupted preseason
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    ANDREW McGrath’s transition from defender to midfielder looks certain to crystallise in 2018, with teammate David Myers saying the 2017 Rising Star will “more than earn his own”.
    The No. 1 draft pick played the majority of his junior career in the guts, but was given an introduction to AFL across halfback, where he remained throughout last season.

    But with new recruit Adam Saad expected to line up in defence, where his speed will be best utilised, it's expected McGrath will be blooded in the Bombers’ engine room.

    There’s certainly a spot on the back of the retirement of Jobe Watson, although newcomer Devon Smith will also be pushing for more midfield minutes.

    Myers indicated McGrath had done all of the work to fill the vacancy on his merits.

    “He’s been outstanding. His work ethic is first rate and that’s why he had the year he had last year and why he played great football,” Myers told RSN.

    “He has spent a lot more time in and around the mids so far.

    “Even in the short time that we’ve been playing, just his class and getting used to how it’s played inside has improved out of sight. No surprises there.

    “I think if he wanted to play mid and they choose to play more as a full time mid this year then he’ll more than earn his own. He’s a pretty impressive young man.”
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    With Yeo ruled out, I've slotted him in for the time being....
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    Grant (and Bennell for forwards) has/have become more appealing to me now ... What is wrong with me? Ha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowsus View Post
    27 years old, played over 120 games, never averaged 90+, and given some SC unfriendly roles in some games. Seems unlikely to be a good pick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotShame View Post
    No Montagna helps him ��
    Not really. They were both playing that rebounding HBF role, so one being gone doesn't really help the other.

    Think of it in terms of Docherty and Simpson. One being gone won't really impact the other that much, SC-wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowsus View Post
    Not really. They were both playing that rebounding HBF role, so one being gone doesn't really help the other.

    Think of it in terms of Docherty and Simpson. One being gone won't really impact the other that much, SC-wise.
    Who moves into Montagna's role do you reckon? Savage missed large chunks of last year playing in the 2s, does he move into the 22?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowsus View Post
    Not really. They were both playing that rebounding HBF role, so one being gone doesn't really help the other.

    Think of it in terms of Docherty and Simpson. One being gone won't really impact the other that much, SC-wise.
    What's your thinking here Row ? My view last season is that the rise of Docherty relegated Simpson to the secondary role off half back and resulted in him losing points. With Docherty out for the season, I would have thought Simpson would receive at least some benefit from this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber18 View Post
    https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/hel...94a2107be15325

    How many more of these are we going to see this preseason!
    With Yeo ruled out, I've slotted him in for the time being....
    I have some thoughts on this. Most of his junior career he played midfield. He was ranked as maybe a top 40 selection at that time (at best). He moved to the backline, and then rocketed up with his class to number 1. He had a great year at AFL level as a back pocket, the same role he was so good at as a junior. He’s no transitioning back to the role that he was not a gun at.

    I’m worried you’re more likely to get a year of 65-85 for him while he finds his feet. I personally think from having watched him as a junior, that he’s a very very good half back. Which is fine, Heath Shaw and those types are still gun players. But you don’t see Heath in the middle.
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    I was pretty keen on him before seeing this but this just locks about him (for now). His numbers late last year were pretty good as a rebounder but in the middle, should see how ceiling improve as well.

    New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew to use Pearce Hanley in midfield role in 2018

    GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew says he’ll look to employ veteran Pearce Hanley through the midfield this season as he makes good strides in his comeback from injury.

    The Gaelic import broke his hand in November’s AFL international series opener in Adelaide against Australia, instilling fears he wouldn’t be ready to go for Round 1.

    But Dew said the former Brisbane Lions mainstay was ready to return before Christmas, with the club taking the safe option and reintroducing him following the break.

    Hanley has played 10 seasons of AFL and shapes as one of Dew’s go-to senior players in the wake of marquee man Gary Ablett’s return to Geelong.

    “Experience,” Dew said when asked what Hanley would bring to the table.

    “I think he has a really good mentality towards playing the game; I’ll lean on him a fair bit with his resilience down back, but I also think he’s worth a look in the midfield at times as well, because his decision-making and hand to foot skills are fantastic.

    “He’s an experienced campaigner, he’s in good condition and I look forward to working with him in the ball skills.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by 30BucketsofRo View Post
    Thoughts on Brandon Ellis?
    I wouldn’t start him because I think there are better options with more upside but would definitely consider him if his price dropped and I was stuck for cash during the year.

    He has enough variance in his scoring to almost certainly be cheaper at some stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IDIG View Post
    I was pretty keen on him before seeing this but this just locks about him (for now). His numbers late last year were pretty good as a rebounder but in the middle, should see how ceiling improve as well.

    New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew to use Pearce Hanley in midfield role in 2018

    GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew says he’ll look to employ veteran Pearce Hanley through the midfield this season as he makes good strides in his comeback from injury.

    The Gaelic import broke his hand in November’s AFL international series opener in Adelaide against Australia, instilling fears he wouldn’t be ready to go for Round 1.

    But Dew said the former Brisbane Lions mainstay was ready to return before Christmas, with the club taking the safe option and reintroducing him following the break.

    Hanley has played 10 seasons of AFL and shapes as one of Dew’s go-to senior players in the wake of marquee man Gary Ablett’s return to Geelong.

    “Experience,” Dew said when asked what Hanley would bring to the table.

    “I think he has a really good mentality towards playing the game; I’ll lean on him a fair bit with his resilience down back, but I also think he’s worth a look in the midfield at times as well, because his decision-making and hand to foot skills are fantastic.

    “He’s an experienced campaigner, he’s in good condition and I look forward to working with him in the ball skills.”
    Pearce Hanley is one of those picks that I've always loved, and this makes him so tempting to me. I could easily see him go at 102-103.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby View Post
    What's your thinking here Row ? My view last season is that the rise of Docherty relegated Simpson to the secondary role off half back and resulted in him losing points. With Docherty out for the season, I would have thought Simpson would receive at least some benefit from this.
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    Simpsons numbers are very consistent, and his best (outlier) season was actually with Docherty playing 22 games.
    Simpson will be 34 when the season starts, and anyone confidently expecting more than his typical 93-95 range may be deluding themselves a little.
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    Why is Sicily such a popular option at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDIG View Post
    I was pretty keen on him before seeing this but this just locks about him (for now). His numbers late last year were pretty good as a rebounder but in the middle, should see how ceiling improve as well.

    New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew to use Pearce Hanley in midfield role in 2018

    GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew says he’ll look to employ veteran Pearce Hanley through the midfield this season as he makes good strides in his comeback from injury.

    The Gaelic import broke his hand in November’s AFL international series opener in Adelaide against Australia, instilling fears he wouldn’t be ready to go for Round 1.

    But Dew said the former Brisbane Lions mainstay was ready to return before Christmas, with the club taking the safe option and reintroducing him following the break.

    Hanley has played 10 seasons of AFL and shapes as one of Dew’s go-to senior players in the wake of marquee man Gary Ablett’s return to Geelong.

    “Experience,” Dew said when asked what Hanley would bring to the table.

    “I think he has a really good mentality towards playing the game; I’ll lean on him a fair bit with his resilience down back, but I also think he’s worth a look in the midfield at times as well, because his decision-making and hand to foot skills are fantastic.

    “He’s an experienced campaigner, he’s in good condition and I look forward to working with him in the ball skills.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spots View Post
    Why is Sicily such a popular option at the moment?
    Priced at 73 but averaged 92 for the last 10 when he was moved to the backline. Very similar path to Jeremy Howe. He's a good pick if he stays back but there are lots of questions at Hawthorn. Frawley, Stratton and Birchall didn't play most of those games and Harry Morrison will be pushing for a spot. Luke Breust only said last week in an interview that Siciliy and Tim O'Brien would float back and forth as required and Gunston can play the same role as Siciliy.
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    New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew to use Pearce Hanley in midfield role in 2018

    GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew says he’ll look to employ veteran Pearce Hanley through the midfield this season as he makes good strides in his comeback from injury.

    The Gaelic import broke his hand in November’s AFL international series opener in Adelaide against Australia, instilling fears he wouldn’t be ready to go for Round 1.

    But Dew said the former Brisbane Lions mainstay was ready to return before Christmas, with the club taking the safe option and reintroducing him following the break.

    Hanley has played 10 seasons of AFL and shapes as one of Dew’s go-to senior players in the wake of marquee man Gary Ablett’s return to Geelong.

    “Experience,” Dew said when asked what Hanley would bring to the table.

    “I think he has a really good mentality towards playing the game; I’ll lean on him a fair bit with his resilience down back, but I also think he’s worth a look in the midfield at times as well, because his decision-making and hand to foot skills are fantastic.

    “He’s an experienced campaigner, he’s in good condition and I look forward to working with him in the ball skills.”



    I'm reading it differently.
    I think the journalist has over emphasised a fairly vague comment by the coach and I'm not seeing the resilience Stuart Dew is talking about. 2 half seasons in the last 3 and a broken hand in the international series. Gold coast don't play at home for the first 9 rounds, 2 weeks in Perth, 1 week in China, donut in rnd 10, new head coach, new game plan, getting games into the youth. Possibly a trade in target after his bye but I don't see the urgency to start with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freowho View Post
    New Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew to use Pearce Hanley in midfield role in 2018

    GOLD Coast coach Stuart Dew says he’ll look to employ veteran Pearce Hanley through the midfield this season as he makes good strides in his comeback from injury.

    The Gaelic import broke his hand in November’s AFL international series opener in Adelaide against Australia, instilling fears he wouldn’t be ready to go for Round 1.

    But Dew said the former Brisbane Lions mainstay was ready to return before Christmas, with the club taking the safe option and reintroducing him following the break.

    Hanley has played 10 seasons of AFL and shapes as one of Dew’s go-to senior players in the wake of marquee man Gary Ablett’s return to Geelong.

    “Experience,” Dew said when asked what Hanley would bring to the table.

    “I think he has a really good mentality towards playing the game; I’ll lean on him a fair bit with his resilience down back, but I also think he’s worth a look in the midfield at times as well, because his decision-making and hand to foot skills are fantastic.

    “He’s an experienced campaigner, he’s in good condition and I look forward to working with him in the ball skills.”



    I'm reading it differently.
    I think the journalist has over emphasised a fairly vague comment by the coach and I'm not seeing the resilience Stuart Dew is talking about. 2 half seasons in the last 3 and a broken hand in the international series. Gold coast don't play at home for the first 9 rounds, 2 weeks in Perth, 1 week in China, donut in rnd 10, new head coach, new game plan, getting games into the youth. Possibly a trade in target after his bye but I don't see the urgency to start with him.
    I am only going on memory here but I seem to recall his numbers away from home are just as good as at home. I have had him for while and think ave 95 is well within his reach.
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    1116 SEN Footy

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    JUST IN | GWS defender Zac Williams has ruptured his Achilles at training this morning, which puts his season in doubt, via @neilcordy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Experiment View Post
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    JUST IN | GWS defender Zac Williams has ruptured his Achilles at training this morning, which puts his season in doubt, via @neilcordy.

    Got a trade done for him in my keepers league over the off season, this is terrible news. Hope he is alright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the experiment View Post
    1116 sen footy

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    just in | gws defender zac williams has ruptured his achilles at training this morning, which puts his season in doubt, via @neilcordy.

    Heath Shaw.
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