In this ten-part series we’ll try to find you that elusive breakout contender, the underpriced and undervalued gem who could decide your Supercoach season’s fate. Some basic criteria (which are a little flexible):
- Player is entering their second, third or fourth season in the league,
- Starting price somewhere between $350K and $500K, and
- Averaged somewhere between 70 to 90 ppg the previous season.
Next up is a Dockers midfielder on the rise….
Caleb SERONG (FRE)
2021 Starting Price: $435 600 midfielder
Scoring History (most recent first): 81.1 (14 games)
Why he will BREAKOUT this year: Pick 8 in the 2019 draft and the second of three top 10 picks for the Dockers, Serong drew immediate comparisons to Lachie Neale for his style of play. High praise indeed! A slow but steady start turned into something a bit more exciting by season’s end, with Serong walking away with the Rising Star award after averaging 17 disposals and 81 Supercoach points, including three tons. More exciting was how prepared Longmuir was to put his young charger in the thick of the action at important moments in games, and how well Serong responded to the great responsibility of playing on the ball in his first season of senior footy. After finishing his year with a sparkling 122 point effort in the SC grand final and with another pre-season under his belt, it’s intriguing to see just how much Serong can improve on an already impressive body of work.
Why he won’t: As good as the kid is, he is still playing in a team that will almost certainly lose more games than they win this year. He’s also a player in his second year – and anyone who tells you that Second Year Syndrome is not a real thing is a damn liar! He’ll also have to compete with the likes of the dual Brownlow medallist Fyfe, Sonny Walters, and the ever improving Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw for his share of the points.
VERDICT: I’m a massive Serong fan and in a couple of years he’s going to be one of the first midfielders in my team – possibly sooner. It won’t surprise me at all if he gets to 100+ ppg this year.
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