Although the Collingwood midfield is stacked in 2019 finding that 1 or 2 players to consistently hit premium numbers may be a difficult task, last season 5 players at the Magpies averaged 25.0 Disposals or more.
Finding the right Collingwood midfield mix may take a while according to Scott Pendlebury this morning.
“The midfield that we’ve got now, we’re all sort of learning how to play together.. who needs to jump into different roles.. because there’s only 3 guys that can go through there at a certain time”
“Obviously Beamsy is not going to be able to play 100% midfield time like.. he probably did up at Brisbane.. we’ll all learn how to play together.. what works best.. who’s our best centre bounce combination” Scott Pendlebury via @1116sen.
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Following the 2017 season Adelaide struggled for numbers during the pre-season, the 2018 season was in part a reflection of not being able to get full loads into players.
Adelaide appears to be in great shape during the 2019 pre-season, there have been repeated comments on the health of their list over summer including Rory Atkins today.
“We’re fairly healthy.. now that we’re getting into the footy stuff it gets pretty competitive out there” Rory Atkins via @1629senSA.
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There has been no commentary surrounding a dual Ruck set-up at Nth Melbourne over summer pre-season training, Tom Campbell was recruited as a back-up for Todd Goldstein following the departure of Braydon Preuss.
“.. it’s possible to play with 2 (Rucks). I think you just need 2 ruckmen who are playing at a really high level to be able to do that.. All I can do is put my best performances on the park & see where it takes me” Tom Campbell.
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Chris Fagan continues his comments on shared midfield duties at Brisbane in 2019, he has often reflected this pre-season on the high disposal numbers recorded by Tom Rockliff & Dayne Zorko when he first joined the Lions.
“I think you can expect a midfield that will share the load.. I feel like our midfield over my first couple of years.. has been a little bit too much about Dayne Beams & Dayne Zorko” Chris Fagan.
Fagan was also clear on how the new 6-6-6 rules would impact the game in 2019, he joins several coaches that have pointed out the open space & quick movement from centre bounces.
“Centre bounces look really open now.. The ball’s going to get out in space pretty quickly, so speed & agility are going to be fairly important elements of winning the ball out of centre clearances.” Chris Fagan.
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