Team: North Melbourne
Supercoach Price: $353,400
2016 Average: 64.95
2016 Games: 22
Bye Round: 12
Past (2015-2012): 66, 72, 73, 71
Atley has barely missed a match since his debut season so he is not much of a risk.
2016 Form: *
With such a low average across his entire career, you are probably wondering why he is even being reviewed. After years of talk about Atley moving to the midfield, it finally looks to be happening with him training with the midfield group this pre-season.
His pace is perfect for a wing so can he finally break out with a 90+ SC average?
Either playing loose in defence or manning up a small forward, Atley has never been a big ball winner, his best disposal average being 19 per match in 2012 and 2014. In that role, he fluctuated wildly between 30s and 80s.
I know this is starting to look bad for Atley!
His best score was 91 in 2016 and he has only scored over 100 on 6 occasions in his entire career with a high of 111.
The only good thing about his history is that he won’t receive attention any time soon.
This is all about possibility. If Atley can rack up the possessions on a wing he could become super-relevant but we won’t know until we watch the pre-season competition.
He’s cheap and durable, under-rated factors in Supercoach, but that’s about all the good I can say at the moment.
With the enforced retirements, Atley is finally going to be moved to the wing where he can use his pace to break the lines. He has never been a big ball winner but surely that will change with his new role.
Add to that North’s great draw which should make them competitive in 2017. The Roos have 13 matches at Etihad, 3 at Blundstone and 1 at the MCG and they only travels to WA once (Fremantle), Gold Coast once and the GABBA once. The only other interstate match is against Hawthorn in Launceston with the exception of their sold matches in Hobart.
AM I crazy and wasting my time with Atley or is there something there?
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