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Bearsman
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Frankston 2023

More patience will be needed for Dolphins supporters in 2023. Despite the club sending a video out last year of Danny Ryan banging on about how aggressive recruiting will be and talking finals, the club hasnt really come up with much. Minchin from Glenelg via Vermont, Seb Quirk who played 10 VFL games for GWS and Chayce Black  who was on Box Hill VFL list for 2 years but didnt get a game appear to be the best. 

Outs

Begley, Reidy, Newman, Arthurson, Fletcher, Hiscock, McKay, Murphy, 

McLaughlin training with Gold Coast and Turner training with Melbourne may also be lost.

aj9172
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Add Taylin Duman to the list of outs......very disappointing. The same old turnstiles seem to be a problem for us.....Frankston is a great club to get drafted from, but if I don't get drafted I go suburban for cash and an easier training regime. If only we could keep a core together for 5 years, I'd be interested to see how far we could get. I really feel for the club recruiters, who seem very good at identifying talent from around the traps, only to see us develop them into good players and watch them leave. 

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You cant really expect blokes to stay and play for unders forever I guess. Like everybody they want to get as much as they can for their services. Its looking like 2023 could be a very big step backwards for the club. All the other clubs look to have recruited well which will probably see the Dolphs go backwards pretty quickly with their young list I reckon.

aj9172
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That's where I'm a little mystified Bearsman. Supposedly we now have the cash to pay the full salary cap. Port and Willy don't seem to have the same problem as us? Culture could be part of that I guess, given they're better known for their stability and success. In fact, the grating fact is that too many of our blokes end up playing at those two clubs. If we can't identify why and make some changes to lessen its' frequency, then where we are is where we're gonna stay. With all that the club has done off  the field to make it a success, it's time we found a way to have some much deserved on field success too.

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I dont understand either, but I guess money must be the issue. At the end of last year the club was very big on identifying what was needed to make finals in 2023, and had a plan to recruit aggressively to get there. Didnt happen - not one AFL experienced player recruited, and with a complete backflip we are back to blooding kids again.

So much promise shown in the last 2 years - 10th place in 2021 missing finals by 4 points, and now we are back to being a bottom four side. Really disappointing..

I'm just hoping this club doesnt become a landing place - only for the NAB kids who dont make AFL/VFL lists.

aj9172
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I don't mind us recruiting the NAB kids, as long as they hang around once we make players of them. So many have come through our doors when we're struggling, and just as they become good players they're gone.....too often to rival VFL clubs too. We need to build a group that the supporters can identify with. What's really disappointing here is that these blokes that have left were our core, our leadership. Blokes that have been telling US to get behind the club because they were building something special. Well, where are you now boys? We did our bit! 

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Paul Amy has reported Gold Coast Suns have signed Brodie McLaughlin. Good luck to him getting on their list, but another nail in the Dolphins coffin.

aj9172
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Well, that's a massive loss.....on top of quite a few already massive losses. I'd like to know what sparked this mass exodus. I must admit I'm still pretty confused about why Josh Newman decided to go.....it seems to have been the moment that sparked all these departures. When your captain and spiritual leader decides to go like that, it does make you wonder, particularly when he'd just suffered a serious knee injury. 

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Bearsman
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Mornington made him an offer he couldn't refuse. If the figure I heard is right, and Im sure it's pretty close to the mark as it came from a past Dolphins player, there is no way he could have knocked it back. No idea how Mornignton could afford it...

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The very low AFL Victoria salary cap is killing the standalone ex VFA clubs and is maybe a way of the AFL getting rid of them by stealth!

The AFL/AFL Victoria would know 100% that many of the top suburban clubs are paying way over their supposed salary caps and are doing NOTHING about it!

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Bearsman
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The VFA clubs are copping it from both sides. The AFL teams can plunder their lists and they are also being raped by suburban clubs who pay more. A shockingly unfair system - but we have come to expect that. 

I wonder if the AFL would sit back and do nothing if they caught a VFA club going over the salary cap? We all know the answer to that...

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