There were no more ways to add him to the list of AFL clubs, either by drafts, deals or free agency.
And it’s hard to think of a season in which so many players picked for so little trial capital last year had such an impact on their teams.
Perhaps the number 1 contender in this category is Tyson Stingelwho transitioned from Crowe to one of Geelong’s top All-Australian rivals in just over 12 months.
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Originally considered a starter by Richmond in late 2016, Stengle only managed two games for the Tigers before being traded to Adelaide, playing 12 games in a pivotal 2020 season. But after a series of off-court incidents, the Ravens sacked Stengle.
However, many AFL clubs have seen something in Stengle throughout the 2021 campaign. He produced a great season in SANFL with Premier Woodville-West Torrens, scoring 44 goals from 19 games. Eventually Geelong pounced, signing the young striker as a cross-listed free agent in November last year.
Stengle has rewarded the Cats’ faith, scoring 29 goals from 14 games so far this season, and joining an already-stacked Cats attack streak with aplomb. Only Charlie Cameron has scored more goals as a junior striker so far in 2022.
But Stengle’s ability to prepare his teammates to score was just as important, ranking him among the league’s best kicking efficiency players at 50 and third in Geelong in terms of points.
As announced by kangaroo David King, the dual prime minister on Fox Foots AFL 360 Earlier this month, Stengle could be the first free agent crossed off the list for all Australians.
Asked if he was surprised by Stengle’s major impact on matches in his first year at the club, his Cats teammate Jed Bews said foxfooty.com.au Saturday: “Unfortunately for me, I played with him all pre-season. So while I’m a little surprised, at the same time you can see he’s going to be good. He just took his chance with both hands and he’s been great. He’s getting better and better, it’s exciting.” “.
Sydney Buddy McCarten He’s also a real contender to the public-recruitment bargain – and a heartwarming true story.
After being named first-choice for the 2014 National Draft, McCarten spent a five-season stint at St Kilda hampered by eight concussions, limiting him to just 35 games and 34 goals.
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McCarten then spent two seasons on the sidelines before being awarded a spot on the Swans’ VFL roster for 2021. Then in January he joined the Swans as an AFL rookie for the 2022 season via the supplemental pre-season selection period (SSP).
Now, not only is he a key member of the backline helping the Pelicans lobby for the premiership, he’s in the pan-Australian mix.
McCarten, to date, ranks first in the league for interception marks (3.6), third among key defenders in dispute defensive loss ratio (10%) and equal-eighth for interception possessions (7.9).
Talk to Fox Footy’s The best on earth After his team’s thrilling victory over Melbourne at the MCG, McCarten said, “I’m a bit speechless to be honest. I had a fair way to come back and play. The goal was to come back and play in games like this. Win and beat Melbourne and do that with my brother in the group.” “It’s so crazy.”
You can argue Will Brody This category also fits. Although he was part of a salary-dump deal that saw a change in first- and second-round picks in the Dockers-Suns deal, Fremantle essentially acquired Brodie and turned, apparently, a pick in the 1930s into a starter in the 2021 second-round pick, In it they used a draft of the local gun Matthew Johnson. So you could say the Dockers got Brodie for nothing.
Brodie, a top 10 player on the Suns but only managed 25 games in five seasons, has been fantastic for the Dockers since crossing the West, entering an exciting unit on the ball with aplomb. He ranked first in the club for average property disputed (13.5) and clearance (6.3), second for disposition (27.9), third in indoor fifties (3.9) and fourth in points (5.6).
Dockers legend Matthew Pavlish said, “Will Brody, well, he’s the best recruit of the year.” foxfooty.com.au advance this month.
“It’s hard to believe that a high-choice Gold Coast Suns who barely had a match is now one of the elite midfielders, at least this year, in the competition after 12 rounds.”
The Blues were big deal winners, too.
In the only free agency move that was restricted last year, Carlton suspended former Swan company George Hewitt, who entered Michael Voss’ brutal, competition-laden side with self-confidence. Hewitt is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.4 disposals, 13.5 disputed possessions, 6.6 vacations and 4.5 interventions – all of which ranked him second at the club in 2022.
And while I witnessed a triple-deal in which Sam Petrovsky Seton lost to the West Coast, the Blues split Louis Young From the West Bulldog. After Liam Jones’ retirement and several injuries to center-backs, the acquisition of Young was a great blow, with the 23-year-old playing 11 games and finishing third in the league for the spoils (9.1) and second in the Blues. Signs of objection and objection to the property.
Suns has also benefited with two smart acquisitions: Ex-Tiger Mapure School (unrestricted free agent) and former blue Levi’s Casbolt (non-veteran).
After 2021 goalkeeper Ben King fell to a pre-season AFC Champions League injury, Chol and Casbolt were asked to step up. The result is that they have become two of Gold Coast’s most important players at the age of 50, topping the club’s goal table – Chul has scored 30 goals and Casbolt has 26 – while also helping co-captain Jarrod Waits with hits into the rock.
like scholl, Tim O’Brien He was recruited as an unrestricted free agent by the Bulldogs. The former Hawk gets better with each game he plays, ranking first in Dogs for trap marks (2.5), second for tags (6.3) and spoils (5.8) and third for trap (5.5).
And like Casboult, a former kangaroo Trent Dumont It was taken in last year’s junior draft and was useful for Power off a wing, playing eight games and averaging 16.3 eliminations.
SSP has also proven useful to other clubs.
Nick Martin – Candidate for Rising Star in the first round – Was a find for Essendon in a difficult season, scoring 15 goals (second in The Bombers) and averaging 6.5 points (2), 6.3 scores (2) and 20.4 eliminations (7) . Patrick Naishwho was on the Tigers’ roster for four seasons, was the only Eagle to play in the first 11 games of the West Coast 2022 campaign amidst his fright with injury and Covid, while St Kilda was. Jack Hayes He was excellent in his first four matches before suffering a rupture in the AFC Champions League in his fifth against the Giants.
Of course there have been – and always will be – some faults in this space, such as Hugh Greenwood who arguably did not have the same effect on kangaroos as most outsiders would have expected.
But overall, the 2021 off season so far has been a huge success for many recruits – and they didn’t have to give up much in the process.