There’s been a bit of talk around the traps recently that a few of SuperCoach’s big names may be trialed in slightly different roles in 2016.
Josh Kennedy made a few interesting comments on Sunday: “Playing a bit more forward I might try this year, especially with the smaller minimised rotations and not having a sub rule which will be interesting.” We all know JPK as one of the best contested ball winners of the modern era, collecting the most contested possessions, clearances and stoppages in 2015. Not immune to kicking a goal, Kennedy kicked two goals on five separate occasions last year.
We also caught a glimpse of Lance Franklin playing more midfield minutes in the pre-season scrap against the Power, pushing higher up the ground that usual. Kennedy commented that “He’s certainly fit and healthy and raring to go, hence the reason he’s playing a lot of minutes up in the midfield”. With such a big frame, Buddy has the potential to replicate Jarryd Roughead’s athleticism in the middle of the ground and, dare I say it, Matthew Richardson in the twilight stages of his career.
Over in the West we’ve heard musings that Nat Fyfe is set for more time in the forward 50, with Ross Lyon giving hints that the 2016 Brownlow Medalist could play up to 50% forward this year to utilise his strength and contested marking ability. Like Kennedy, Fyfe has proven his prominence in front of goal, bagging two or three goals four times in 2015.
I’m going to put it to the people with a couple of good ol’ fashioned polls.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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