Syringe has asked for a poll in answer to what may be a season defining question: “to Rowell or not to Rowell?”. I personally think, and doubt it’s subject to much dispute, that had Rowell played out 2020 he would have been a genuine Brownlow chance, the Suns would have played finals and he’d have finish as a Top 8, or close, MID. You might think I’m embellishing, but go back and watch the Suns first 4 games in 2020 as I did the other day – the kid’s f*cking insane! Put it this way: by Round 3, as the site’s resident captaincy counsel, I was suggesting him as VC/C option (C’d him in R3 myself). From modest disposal counts, albeit highly efficient and often contesed, Rowell was pumping out 80, 171, 141 and 114 and playing a style deliciously conducive to SC – we were all loving it.
But, of course, he copped a dirty shoulder dislocation in Round 5 to stunt his, and the Suns, ascent. The question becomes how does that impact his return? Does he tackle as hard? Will he have managed minutes? What’s the chance of re-injury? By way of news, Rowell’s only just started to resume contact training but reportedly crushed all the non-contact pre-season training. With that in mind:
The poll’s obviously binary, so feel free to get into why or why not you’re starting Rowell; price, re-injury, other options, etc.
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