Sneak Previews – Craig Bird (Ess)

Written by Schwarzwalder on February 12 2016

POSITION: FWD/MID

Starting Price: $348 000

SC Scoring History
2015 – 70 points per game from six games played
2014 – 88ppg (18)
2013 – 73ppg (20)
2012 – 72ppg (22)

 

‘Well, haven’t you heard? BA-BA-BA BIRD BIRD BIRD, BIRD IS THE WORD!!’ How could a Family Guy Fan not throw that in somewhere? 😉

Sydney don’t just hand out their #14 guernsey willy-nilly. Paul Kelly, Bob Skilton……..these are club champions, Brownlow Medal winners, Hall of Fame Inductees, Legends of the game. Having been drafted through the NSW AFL Scholarship Program in 2007, I’m guessing the Swans had high hopes for Craig Bird. While Birdy may not have reached those individual achievements, he owns one medal that those Legends don’t possess…….a Premiership medal (2012).

Despite playing 137 games with the Swans, one gets the feeling that Bird didn’t quite find his right spot in the best 22. No doubt that the modern footballer has to be flexible to play different roles within the team. Yet Bird’s role seemed to change on a weekly basis, never really giving him a chance to settle. Constantly switching from defensive forward to tagging midfielder to goal sneak to outside-runner; while important for the team it didn’t really help Bird’s cause. Sydney now boasts one of the most impressive midfields in the business with names like Kennedy, Hannebery, McVeigh & Parker. After spending the majority of 2015 in the NEAFL, Bird opted for a trade to Essendon last October.

While the suspension of Essendon players is terrible for the club, it opens up opportunities for many young/fringe players (and of course, for Supercoaches!). Bird is now an absolute Monty for the Bombers Best 22. With his experience he’ll be looked at as one of the on-field leaders. And at age 27 he should still have plenty to offer. His best SC numbers came in 2014 where he averaged 88 pts for the season. When he wasn’t tagging the likes of Cotchin, Boak or Priddis, he went over 80+ pts in 13 of 18 games (hitting the ton four times). With the arrival of the new top-up players, Supercoaches will be keeping a close eye on Essendon during the NAB Challenge. Maybe Bird will indeed be the word when the season starts………

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21 thoughts on “Sneak Previews – Craig Bird (Ess)”

  1. Having awful trouble finalising the F4, Bird is one of the candidates….it’s a long list though. Great write-up Schwarzwalder

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  2. Currently have Buddy at F4…. but these sort of write ups make me consider cheaper options…. there are almost too many viable options this season!

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  3. As noted by Thommo above…..

    Bird v Simpkin is becoming a real interesting one for me.

    As a Hawks supporter I’ve always rated Simpkin, he just couldn’t quite break into a 3 time premiership midfield but smashed it in the 2nd’s week in week out ( I know there’s a huge difference )

    Leaning towards Simpkin over Bird as it saves me $124,600, I just cannot see Bird scoring more or getting more of the pill than Simpkin

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