Scott Pendlebury continues to develop in his new role this season.
He’s trained the entire pre-season mostly in defence with a view to play through a half-back/midfield role this season.
He provided insight into the decision from Collingwood senior coach Craig McRae at his press conference today which is to allow others to develop through the midfield.
“I’ll be playing a bit more back this year,”
AFL News on Twitter @aflratings “With guys like Brayden Maynard,
Crispy (Jack Crisp), Nicky Daicos getting more time in the midfield I’ll go to half-back a bit more.”
“And there’ll be still times when I’ll go through the midfield,”
GAME DAY LIVE on Twitter @aflratings_Live “But my role will be sort of back
“I’ve really enjoyed playing behind the ball, it’s something that I’ve actually wanted to do for a long period of time.”
“So to get that opportunity for a whole pre-season and train down there,”
“At my age to learn a new role and to put my head down and get to work and watch some guys around the league how they play that position and really learn and school myself up it’s been exciting.” Pendlebury said.
He added that he has rebounded well since a minor leg fracture in December.
“It was a little bit frustrating to obviously break the leg mid-December but fortunately enough I had surgery and within a couple of weeks I was sort of back being able to do most things.”
“I feel really good, I’ve had a good pre-season again which is I think the key of being able to stay out on the paddock a fair bit.” he said.
Pendlebury also provided a quick update on Jordan DeGoey since he has returned to the club.
AFL Fantasy News on Twitter @aflratings_FS “He’s looked really good when
he’s played forward and midfield.” he said.
Fantasy Impact: Scott Pendlebury averaged 84.4pts from 18 games in 2021, he recorded a season high 110pts in Round 3 against Brisbane.
A full pre-season in a halfback role should be enough to feel comfortable, his elite skills does setup the ball movement for the Magpies.
The scoring output for Pendlebury should remain strong in a premium role.
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He’s an option in season long fantasy at some point during the year, he will likely pick up DEF status early which will provide flexibility in squads.
It’s worth being ahead of expected ADP in single season draft leagues with squad flexibility a high priority in 2022.
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