yep no doubt hardwick and solomon are HUGE losses, and you hit the nail on the head abt lynch, thats why I think he can go 1 more year flat chat b/c of the time he missed........
ok next review by popular demand
No doubt should be one of the big improvers of the comp, with an exciting young list, some gun personel picked up like croad, farmer, McPharlin and youngster Polak via the draft, not to mention the biggest recruit the COACH! hes alright guys!
DEFENCE: ok whilst the dockers dont have any set big names at the back, they do have something almost as good, and thats finding out this year who in fact out of their talented talls will end up the lynch-pin of their defence, will it be Pavlich or Croad? McPharlin or Brown? some exciting names there, word has it connelly will start off by playing Croad as a forward and Pavlich as the main defender taking the oppositions best forward week in week out.....I have no doubt Pavlich can do that but he can also kick goals, I expect by abt mid-season to see Pavlich playing centre-half-forward, but until then he will be a very tough backmen to beat. Leigh Brown I tip to take the next step this season and go from good youngster to a very solid centre-half-back......Jones if he stays fit is a very tough defender who I like the look of and players like parker will be better for the team taking the 3rd and 4th best forward instead of the best 2 like previous years. Troy simmonds is a handy pick-up too who can play defence or fill in the ruck
MIDFIELD: Always freo's strength, and this season is no exception. Since Neeshams whacked theory of possession footy which forced a ridiculous work ethic, frematle have been one of the competitions hardest running sides. Now they have some class and ball-gathering ability to compliment this. Cook and Bell are ball-magnets, not to mention Hasleby one of the most skillful players in the league already, hes very similar to Ratten from Carlton. Carr was a boom recruit last season and can plug holes down back or play as a tall midfielder, actually very under-rated and is certainly valuable...........In the ruck Longmuir and clem Michael (whom I rate highly) are a very talented young pair still learning the ropes and simon Estaugh is adequate back-up
FORWARDS: How exciting is the freo forward line??! Croad, Longmuir, Pavlich, Farmer, Waterhouse and Hasleby???unfortunately waterhouse is gone for the season but that still leaves 5 or 6 others who can take hold of a game....Let me say this, as a richmond supporter Ive had the chance to see farmer at his best many many times :fero: and when hes hot HE IS THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN FOOTBALL SINCE ABLETT, thats no exageration, he is half a team when flying and unstoppable, get ready for some real thrills freo supporters coz he is a freak
PREDICTION: 7-10 a year of experimentation, however if things click early enough, should have sufficient talent to stake a claim for the 8