The Premiers – Rucks
Trent West (373k, 76, 6) With the Ottens retirement, the Premiers need a new number 1 ruckman, and with Vardy and Simpson on ice for a while….. Then Westy is the man in the hot seat, and given his form in the final series, I think he now has what it takes which was not my opinion 2 years ago. He can now take a big grab, and go forward and kick goals. The more I write, the more I think he’s must have as your number 2 ruckman.
Orren Stephensen (106k) He may have been drafted just in time to retire at 29, but he has big wraps from cat-land and was fantastic for North Ballarat last season. My interpretation on the cats decision to draft Orren is as a stop-gap to allow Vardy and Simpson to develop, and have a mature body which is important for a ruckman. Also, with Mooney’s retirement he won’t be able to help out in the ruck anymore, so I expect he will get a run early in the season…… I’m also thinking he may be a handy bench player if you were to have West as you R2, so if West gets injured, Orren will come straight in to cover.
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