Price: $478 300
By all reports, Walters has been training with the midfield group over the summer. Lyon can see Walters running through the midfield more often this year………but then again, how reliable is Lyon’s word? Exactly…………..
Not only do we have to contend with FURL, there’s also the problem of Walters’ injury history. Despite being in the AFL system for nine years, Walters only just passed the 100-game-mark last year. Just one full season in nine years doesn’t bode well for the durability check.
So why bother considering Walters at all? What’s the fuss all about when his best Supercoach season brought about an 89 avg from 18 games? During the mid-season of 2017, Walters played almost exclusively in the midfield for ten games before going down with a season-ending knee injury in Rd18. Despite a quiet 49 pts in the thrashing at Adelaide Oval, Walters averaged 108.7 over the ten games playing up the ground.
Turning 27 this year, Walters should be in the prime of his career. With a number of FWD premiums stumbling during the pre-season, Walters emerges as a calculated gamble with his dual position status. But the uncertainty of his midfield time (Fyfe, Neale, Blakely, Taberner? probably ahead of him), his body holding up and the general FURL of it all means it’s still one hell of a gamble………
Risk Rating: On a scale of 1-5……1 being safe & 5 being extremely dangerous…… Michael Walters – Three Higgos! Job security is not an issue but durability & positioning by FURL will be. Sure to have his big days but won’t happen over the entire season.
Leave a comment / Scroll to bottom