As the second half of the AFL season is now well under way, one of the real stories from the 2015 campaign has been the underwhelming performances of many of the big-name players who made high-profile moves at the end of last year. Be it through injury or lack of form, a host of names that fantasy coaches would have expected to be prolific points scorers have simply failed to get going this season, although there is still time to turn things around. Whether you’re a fantasy coach or a real-life coach, you’ll be hoping your big name signings can have an impact between now and the end of the season.
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Here are some of those high-profile recruits who have struggled to hit their stride yet in 2015.
Jarrad Waite: On the back of his surprise move from Carlton to North Melbourne, Waite is yet to start producing the sort of form that made him such a legend [Ed: I think ‘legend’ is a little OTT. We never REALLY liked him] with the Blues during his 12 seasons at the club. The key forward has been a virtual ever-present for his new side but hasn’t been anywhere near his best. He has averaged his lowest amount of marks since the 2007 season, kicking just 20 goals during that time. While it might be too early to write off the 32-year-old, Kangaroos fans will be hoping the veteran can start showing some glimpses of the player he was in a Carlton vest.
Liam Jones: Despite arriving at Carlton under the impression he would have a huge role to play under Mick Malthouse, Jones has been one of the victims of the former head coach’s departure at the end of May. After making a promising start to the season following his move from the Western Bulldogs, kicking six goals in his opening eight games, the key forward is yet to be seen since Malthouse’s dismissal and the appointment of John Barker as caretaker. Whether he can get back into the new coach’s plans remains to be seen but the 24-year-old isn’t doing anybody any good sat on the Carlton bench [Ed: I’d rather see him in the Magoos than in the senior side!].
Paddy Ryder: Identified by Port Adelaide as their missing link, Ryder is yet to prove he is the player the club thought they were signing when they brought him to the Adelaide Oval at the end of last year. Following a slow start to life away from Essendon, Ryder picked up an Achilles problem that won’t have gone down well with Power fans who had expected the ruckman to be one of the stars of the show this season. Currently way down the betting odds with bet365 and other online bookmakers, Port Adelaide have a lot to do if they’re going to have a chance of making an impact in the latter stages of the year, and the 27-year-old’s form is a big part of that.
Adam Cooney: The likeable veteran established himself as a club legend during his illustrious time with the Western Bulldogs but it’s looking unlikely that he’ll leave anything like the same legacy with Essendon. Fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle against a long-term knee injury, Cooney has recorded his worst possessions average since his rookie season, hinting that he is a shadow of the player who won the Brownlow Medal in a sensational 2008 campaign.
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