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TOPIC: Where does Hayden Young fit in?

Walter the baker Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 18 hours ago #1

Walter the baker
I'll be intrigued to see how JL structures his backline this year. In 2020 our backs were more than servicible without Pearce, Hamling, Logue and Young. How will they fit back into the team and who makes way for them if they are in our best 22? In particular, I hope that Hayden Young is given an opportunity in the first 22. The few looks we had of him last year makes me think that we have picked up a gun player that I would not like to lose through a lack of opportunities.

We finished the 2020 season with:Reece Conca, Brennan Cox, Nathan Wilson, Stephen Hill, Luke Ryan and Ethan Hughes (with Taylin Duman being another 2020 regular)
Ryan is a selection no brainer
JL has indicated that he is unlikely to move Cox forward (although I personally like the idea)
Wilson had an ordinary year but he is a quality player who gives us run out of the backline
Conca may be struggling to make the cut but he is considered a leader on the field
Hill may be struggling as he has yet to overcome an injury.
Hughes has his detractors but is highly thought of in the club
(Duman - very servicible but workman like rather than standout)

Bringing Pearce and/or Hamling into the backline (assuming they are fit to go) beside Cox and Ryan makes us a bit top heavy. Logue and Young could come in for Conca, Hill or Hughes without upsetting the cart too much (although there will be a lot of disappointed fans if S Hill is fit and doesnt get a run). I cant see Chapman getting a game unless injuries open up an opportinity (his draft selection seems odd given the log jam of tall backs but we can only hope that the club knew what it was doing).
Anyway, plenty to ponder and hopefully a sign that we have good backline depth (if only that were the case at the other end of the field!!)
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Bizkit Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 16 hours ago #2

Bizkit
If Shane is still trying to save for his Joint Strike Fighter, there are few better value bets than Young for the rising star this year. He'll be a jet running off half back.
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Raglan Matt Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 16 hours ago #3

Raglan Matt
WTB, don't forget, Ryan is not a KPD, he just plays like one when he has to.
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Walter the baker Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 14 hours ago #4

Walter the baker
I agree RM, but fitting in Pearce and Hamling with Cox and Ryan will limit options at the selection table. I don’t know how the cards are going to fall.
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Corporal Agarn Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 14 hours ago #5

Corporal Agarn
Wingman. He's better than Bewley for a start.
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pollyanna Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 14 hours ago #6

pollyanna
He's missed a lot of footy - give him time Biz.
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Raglan Matt Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 14 hours ago #7

Raglan Matt
WTB, Ryan's safe, it's a duel in the sun between Cox &Hamling.
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Morgan Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 12 hours ago #8

Morgan
I don’t accept the premise of this question.

You pick Hayden Young and see who fits around him.
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purple kit Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 12 hours ago #9

purple kit
I know he was drafted as a back, however we are seriously overstocked in that area if Logue, Hamling and Pearce all come back into the team, why not give Young Sturt’s spot in the forward line for a few weeks?
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Down on down Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 11 hours ago #10

Down on down
Logue has a big tank and there is talk of him playing on a wing which would make the backline selection less problematic.
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purple kit Where does Hayden Young fit in? 2 months 2 hours ago #11

purple kit
I want to see Young as the player kicking it inside 50, I don’t think he has the endurance for a permanent wing role yet, but playing as a high half forward he can lead out to the wing and provide the link from defence, then be the one placing out in front of Walters/Tabbs/Lobb/Henry/Treacy.

With JLo’s game plan of short chip passes into space to move the ball down the ground we don’t need elite kicking out of the back line but the opposition has plenty of time to set up their defenders so we need the elite kick into the forward line or we are never going to score heavily.
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Raglan Matt Where does Hayden Young fit in? 1 month 4 weeks ago #12

Raglan Matt
With JL's game plan we don't need the endurance required previously, you have to adjust all your player assessments accordingly.
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rogerrocks Where does Hayden Young fit in? 1 month 4 weeks ago #13

rogerrocks
You guys are very optimistic about the injuries. We're bound to have a few this year. But I guess Jlo gets the luxury of picking his defence based on the opposition. And we have the luxury of having quality players competing for spots.

I'm the sucker who thinks every year will be a good one, but this will be the one.
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shane Where does Hayden Young fit in? 1 month 4 weeks ago #14

shane
Predicting who will be injured is quite hard.
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