Another two pick ups this week at the one and only - mighty BOROUGH !!! Aaron Wilson who comes over from Frankston and also Charlie Kelso from Sandy.
Aaron plays up forward and has only scores 21 goals from 24 games therefore less than one a game. You could argue that those goals came from a side that was often tested and under difficult circumstances and with better service may be able to have a more fruitful season.
Charlie Kelso at 208 cms I believe has not yet played in the VFL. Trying to be objective rather than negative in saying that he is yet to be tried and tested and theirs a possibility that he may not be able to step up to the plate - therefore at this stage people are unsure of how much of a impact he will have at Port.
It is still very early on in the recruiting phase however what do people think of Ports recruitement so far ? Are they satisfied -? What sorts of positions do we next target ?
My opinion is that so far the club has done a better job than last season, in terms of signing quality.
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Aaron certainly has talent, still young and needs to develop consistency and the physical side of his game, but he has a real knack for kicking goals. Certainly has the potential to be a good player in a team with a bit of system and a bit more supply.
I've only seen Charlie play a few times but I think he's definitely got potential. Can his body hold up to senior footy? Don't know, but I think he was well worth snapping up. Interested to see how he goes.
Happy with our recruiting so far, have definitely added some more firepower up front, the real worry for me is we lack a quality ruckman, haretuku done a great job last season but not his ideal position, we haven't lost too much so far, scipione could barely stay on the field unfortunately but when fit was a very good player and crocker had a good season but thankfully there hasn't been a big turnover in players so far
Is Sandilands still there?
I believe that Sandilands is still with the club and being part of the leadership group I would think he would stay on.
Yes Herataku did well but with his marking and goal kicking ability is probably most needed up front.
It was sad to see Josh leave the club as he had great potential and realy looked a prospect of playing AFL a few years ago with his rapid improvement. Unfortunately he has suffered a great deal through injuries the past couple of seasons and due to this hasn;t realy had the opportunity to contribute anyway. Unlike some players who are never to be seen again - It was refreshing to hear him say that he will be around the club as he said he will be on the hill supporting the team next season.
A 208CM ruckman is a huge fillup for the club. Still young and from the photos he still has a fairly slight frame. Still at that height you'd hope he'd win his share of hitouts.
Who knows the club might have something else in the works regarding another ruckman, seems a bit of a gamble going for a youngster that is untried at vfl level in such an important position
Aaron Wilson is a very interesting get for Port. In and out of the Frankston side last year but his best was very good. 196cm strong bodied, very quick and highly skilled. When it all comes together for him he has the potential to be a top line VFL key forward.
Ive seen Charlie Kelso play several times over the last couple of years. He is a long way off playing in Ports firsts on last years form, but guys his size can take a long time to develop. The last time I saw him was the best game Id seen him play, taking a couple of really good pack marks. Sikora would have been good at Port, but he's signed at Rowville as a player and assistant coach.
Hopefully Port isn't relying on him being a 1st team player as having a untested ruckman playing in the 1's could be a bold gamble. Their mentality may be to see how he goes with the backup being Herataku if needed. This in my opinion wouldn't be a smart move and you would hope that they have a tried and tested ruckman to do the job rather than hoping that Kelso develops into a genuine VFL 1sts player.
Aaron Wilson should have a better season at Port than he did at Frankston as the service he will get is expected to be significantly better than at the Dolphins with Port boasting a strong midfield.
Despite a poor showing towards the end of the season I think Port has the nucleaus of a good side. And it looks as though player retention has been excellent. 2 major areas that the club needs to improve is skill level and goal conversion. The Borough ranked last in kicking efficiency and also last for scores per inside 50 in 2016. Pretty incredible numbers when you consider only 2 teams in the competition had more inside 50s than us over the course of the year! Obviously Nahas, Wilson and Conway have been identified as players who can hit the scoreboard. Lisle needs to get himself fit and really impose himself in 2017.
Haretuku had a superb season in the ruck but he needs a genuine ruckman to shoulder the load so we can release him forward. Any tall with potential are all on AFL lists so finding someone to fill this role is very hard. Young Smith and Kelso have size but taking on AFL rucks on a weekly basis is a huge ask.
Outside speed would be the other area I think we can improve. in saying that Nahas, Woofindin and a fit Dwyer can make a huge difference. a strong bodied midfielder with pace would be ideal. May have to wait until the drafts are over before delisted players weigh up offers.
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