Trades, retirements & delistings are a regular part of the Football industry. And while we don’t wish injury upon anyone, it also happens on a weekly basis. Many teams may stagnate after losing their star player. Others reach deep within their talent pool and step up in a crisis, benefitting from their star’s absence. This can lead to a spike in Supercoach numbers for players who previously weren’t SC-relevant.
A prime example of this is Lachie Neale in 2016. While he had promised to breakout over the last few seasons, Neale joined the elite midfielders in 2016 due to the absence of Nat Fyfe. Neale amassed the most disposals in the League, including most contested possessions. As #1 midfielder at the Dockers, Neale’s SC average jumped to 113pts from 22 games…….not too shabby!
So who will benefit from the misfortune of a teammate? Today we look at the next six clubs………..
Departures: Retirements of Corey Enright & Jimmy Bartel have opened up a few positions in the team, especially across half-back.
Beneficiaries: New recruit Zach Tuohy seems to have slotted in there nicely during the JLT Series. Will be interesting to see if he can continue on in that form. Jackson Thurlow is returning from a knee reconstruction and could also benefit as a designated ‘ball carrier’ out of the back line.
Departures: Delisting of Mitch Clark & Shane Kersten being traded to Freo.
Beneficiaries: Another new recruit Aaron Black might get his chance early alongside Tom Hawkins. If not then Daniel Menzel, Darcy Lang, Steven Motlop & Lincoln McCarthy should sneak a few extra goals during the year.
Injury: Sam Day is out for the season after injuring his hip in the first JLT game.
Beneficiaries: Steven May will have to hold up the back line in his absence. Did score some handy tons late in 2016 but would need to improve further to become SC-relevant.
Departures: O’Meara traded to Hawthorn & Prestia traded to Richmond.
Beneficiaries: New recruits Michael Barlow & Jarrad Lyons will get plenty of midfield time. Touk Miller is showing signs of a possible breakout season. David Swallow returns from a long injury lay-off and is sure to feature heavily if fit. And there’s still that little bald fella 😉
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Departures: Jack Steele traded to StKilda.
Beneficiaries: While Steele was only a fringe player at the Giants, rookie Tim Taranto might get a chance to impress early on in the season. Especially while fellow recruit Deledio is on the sidelines with that calf injury & Stevie J looked proppy after the last JLT game. Taranto has shown good signs in the JLT Series but comes at an awkward price for a rookie ($207 300).
Departures: The Hawks pulled some major surprises during the trade period by trading Sam Mitchell to the Eagles & Jordan Lewis to Melbourne. Brad Hill also found his way to Freo to join his brother.
Beneficiaries: The surprises continued with the Hawks who turned their midfield around and traded in Jaeger O’Meara (GCS) & Tom Mitchell (SYD). If fit then they will form the nucleus of the Hawks engine room. Isaac Smith might be relied upon for some pace on the wing but isn’t the most consistent SC-scorer.
Injuries: Josh Wagner & Dean Kent might be struggling to be fit for Rd1 with various injury concerns. New recruit Michael Hibberd is battling Achilles soreness and might miss Rd1. Plus the delisting of Jack Grimes & Lynden Dunn.
Beneficiaries: Christian Salem is one player who has promised plenty but has had injury troubles over the last two years. Can use the ball well and would be suited to the ‘kick-out’ role. Could this be his breakout season?
Injuries: Majak Daw, Ben Brown & Jarrad Waite have all had their injury concerns over the pre-season. Brown is in some doubt for Rd1, while Waite & Daw had game time during the JLT Series. Add to that the delisting of Drew Petrie and the Roos lack a bit of tall timber. Goldstein is reported to be playing with a sore ankle at the minute as well.
Beneficiaries: A lot of hype around rookie Ruckman Braydon Preuss getting some game time early on. Might just be the Ruck cash cow we all need if things go his way.
Retirements: (or delistings of-) Brent Harvey & Nick Dal Santo while Daniel Wells was traded to Collingwood.
Beneficiaries: Captain Andrew Swallow hasn’t re-discovered his old SC-form while Jack Ziebell hovers around the 100avg mark. New recruit Nathan Hrovat might be the one to increase his SC-output with the promise of more midfield time. Also has dual-position status. Dare I say it…….but Shaun Higgins looked alright during the pre-season (but you all know the risks involved there).
All beneficiaries are personal tips of mine. Surely I’ve missed plenty along the way. We always encourage healthy footy debate here at SCT. Who are your tips for ‘Friends With Benefits’ from the clubs above?
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