I just heard that unfortunately Nathan Freeman missed out on the Suns' last spot. Any Frankstonians in the know here who know what our chances are of getting him back at Skybus again?
Havent heard anything but I think its certain he will return. He committed to Frankston for 2022 before being offered to train with the Gold Coast for the last spot on their list. He is at the club because he is very good mates with Danny Ryan, so I cant see him going elsewhere.
That sounds very promising Bearsman, great news for a Tuesday :)
Just imagine how good he will be this year with an AFL pre season under his belt...
Not looking good. Paul Amy has him linked to Adelaide Crows SANFL
Unfortunately, Paul's mail is usually spot on.
Hoping this is one of the very few times that Paul Amy has it wrong. The would be such a huge blow if he heads over the border. Would the Dolphins have the finances to try and keep him?
* It's time to restore the VFA name.
I doubt its about money North Port. More likely it's to improve his chances of being drafted. If thats the case Frankston would encourage him to make the move.
It may have something to do with the AFL saying they are going to rape the state leagues again for players during the season if Covid takes over and there are large numbers of AFL players out sick or isolating. Players of Freemans ability will be at the front of the queue, so he may be on a promise from Adelaide if it does happen.
This, right here is why being a Frankston supporter is such a miserable existence. I'd love to see a statistic on how many players have made it to 50 games with the Dolphins in the past 15 years? I'd venture to say one or two. They come to see if they can put their name in front of the AFL scouts and fair enough.....then one of two things happen, they get drafted and play a handful of league games and then vanish into the obscurity of suburban or country footy, or they don't make it and go to another VFL club or other state league club. Why don't they come back? I hope the club throws the proverbial kitchen sink at getting Nathan back. Without him driving the standard for our midfield, I dread a potential slide back into the bottom rungs. Last season was the first sign of real life since the Lovett days.....I pray we can lock down enough of this group and begin adding to it, rather than losing vital cogs at the end of every season.
I had a chat with Simon Goosey a few years back and he said exactly what you said about the club losing its best players every year. He reckons that was the hardest part of coaching a Frankston team. I can only recall one player ever returning to Frankston after being drafted and that was the great John Parker in 1993. Unfortunately he was of little value when he came back thanks to Robert Walls destroying his passion for the game while at Brisbane.
Losing Cox, Brolic will Styles has left a decent hole at Frankston and if Freeman goes too, it looks like finals this year will be in grave doubt. The club has recruited ok, but not great and it looks like a few of the holes evident last year have not been filled, and surprisingly for me, a couple of ordinary passengers from last year have retained their spots.
There are always multiple threats to Frankston when it comes to player retention Bearsman, as I'm sure you know. Playing in the midst of the super-competitive and cashed up MPNFL doesn't help, but this trend of players leaving us for opportunities and then never coming back really bothers me. In the past you could maybe blame that on poor culture, but in the past couple of years there have been nothing but positives in that respect. I see how hard people are working off the field to move the club forward and my heart breaks for them when that work isn't rewarded by the players. As a rank and file supporter I know that for us to boost membership our supporters need to feel the players have some loyalty to the club. Hard to believe in when we watch this merry go round so often. Thank god we have Josh Newman setting the example.
"I'd love to see a statistic on how many players have made it to 50 games with the Dolphins in the past 15 years? I'd venture to say one or two."
I would say even with the year out of the comp and two COVID-ruined years there would be close to two dozen in the past 15 years. Here's some off the top of my head, a couple of these might have fallen just short, but there'd be some others I've missed too:
Marcus Marigliani, Toby Conroy, Paul Kennedy, Luke Collins, Byron Barry, Mark Baguley, Mitch Bosward, Luke Potts, Shane Hockey, Clint Proctor, Russell Gabriel, Khan Haretuku, Warwick Miller, Luke Clark, Michael Lourey, Leigh Kitchin, Ben Cavarra, Jason Pongracic, Corey Buchan, Blake Mullane, Josh Newman (Winterton & Pollard may have been just before the past 15 years, not sure).
But I agree with the overall sentiment, the VFL has become a turnstyle, and with no development league there is little long-term attachment with players who've arrived at 18 and worked their way into the senior team, and clubs are now really targetting recruits from other VFL and state league teams because they need guys who are ready to step straight in.
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