Over in the Polling Station thread, Hinsch suggested a thread for coaches to share their “never again lists” – which this season has certainly provided and affirmed some entries. Pretty simple: your “never again list”, who’s on there, why, any new 2021 additions and any related selection rules you try to stick to.
I’ll kick things off:
1. GWS players, specifically Whitfield and Kelly.
Resisted the temptation to bring Whitfield in a while ago when everyone was hot on him and, wow, did I feel vindicated when he inevitably went down. Didn’t exactly drill the alternative (Lukosious), but just knew he wouldn’t make it through the season unscathed. Similar deal to Kelly, just doesn’t put full seasons together. The fact that Cameron screws with his best players roles for no reason (eg. Kelly at HF then scratches his head as to why his outputs down) and that the GWS medical staff are hella dodgy has made me put a line through all GWS players full stop.
2. Dustin Martin
Have never liked him as an SC pick in recent years. Tremendous player but given the Tigers depth he isn’t always required on ball and often just chills in the goal square. However I really didn’t see any other options when Danger went down early, I needed a replacement and he’d had that dynamic 157 performance in R1…he then spent the rest of the season reminding me why I’d had him on my never again list.
3. Jeremy Cameron or any other key FWDS.
Just don’t subject yourself to low floor options dependent on goals and game context. Cameron specifically sank my season with his most recent injury – there went my last trade.
Probably a few more I’m forgetting, but its the aforementioned ones that 2021 has firmly placed in my never again list.
Over to you, coaches. Who’s on your “never again list”why, any new 2021 additions and any related selection rules you try to stick to?
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