Don’t you hate it when you don’t take your own advice…. McGovern pumps out a 146 but isn’t my team, I hope he’s in yours! It’s even worse when good rookies are getting scarce.
Rookies on the radar (<$200k) this week:
1) Z O’Brien (Mid $142k, BE 33): He’s had his third run and two green vests in a row so still pretty cheap. As a mature age rookie, O’Brien spent last season in the Essendon VFL team and has demonstrated great endurance and clean hands. O’Brien had 10 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles in a score of 35. O’Brien is 23, 180cm and was grabbed in the 2014 Rookie Draft.
2) B Hartman (Fwd $123k, BE -50) Hartman made his debut for the Cats and whilst I wouldn’t bet the house on his job security, we need to put him on the radar with limited options on the table right now. Hartman had 14 disposals and 5 tackles in his 61. Hartman is 19, 188cm and was taken at pick 77 in the 2012 national draft.
3) M Close (Fwd $151k, BE -1) Close has now racked up 5 games but still only $151k which tells us all he hasn’t been smashing out high scores…. Close was a late inclusion for Merrett on the weekend, and his scores so far are 36, 31, 23, 39 and 52. Close had 4 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles and 2 goals in his 52. Close is 19, 196cm and was taken at pick 32 in the 2012 national draft.
4) N Wilson (Fwd $178k, BE 17): Wilson played his 1st game of 2014 but the 14th of his career. The extra experience comes with a higher price tag but a little more AFL level match conditioning. Wilson had 9 disposals, 3 marks and a goal in his score of 44. Wilson is 21, 184cm and picked up as a 17yo in the 2011 pre-season draft. .
5) D Lang (Mid $142k, BE 10): Lang also made his debut for the Cats on the weekend and was the Cats highest draft pick in 2013 and having recovered from a broken leg. Lang started with the green vest and came on for the second half, but I wouldn’t be banking on any long term job security, but let’s if he gets another run this week and how he goes. Lang had 7 disposals and 6 tackles and kicked 1.1 in a score of 37. Lang is 18, 183cm and was taken with pick 16 in the 2013 national draft.
Here is the rookie data:
|R13 SC||SC Average||Games||Player||Pos||Price||BE||Team|
|DNP||40||1||D Van Unen||Mid||$123k||-14||ESS|
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