Players are often presented with opportunities they’ve never had before when they are traded to a new club. One player hoping to capitalise on new surroundings is Sydney’s recruit, Callum Sinclair.
Player: Callum Sinclair
Team: Sydney Swans
Age: 26 years and 5 months
Position: RUCK / FWD
2015 Avg: 75.9
2015 Games: 17
100+ Scores: 2
The Swans went hard after Sinclair and Scott Lycett from the West Coast Eagles following the retirement of Canadian Mike Pyke, and landed Sinclair in a trade for Lewis Jetta.
Does he offer any SuperCoach relevance this season?
Lots of things are going Sinclair’s way, but most importantly, he’s the number one ruckman. Unless Tom Derickx or Toby Nankervis really pull their finger out, Sinclair has a guaranteed round one start and a massive job to do.
Let’s not forget that the Large Sinc leap-frogged Lycett into Nic Naitanui’s co-pilot seat last season after the first month, and went on to play 17 games.
His disposals, marks, tackles and hit-outs all improved, albeit steadily, from 2014. Improved game time and job security certainly helped this, and these will be even more prominent in 2016.
Big Cal also has the very handy ruck-forward Dual Position, which will be important to try and utilise again this year.
Let’s not beat around the bush: Sinclair’s three seasons don’t make for pretty SuperCoach reading.
2013: 5 games, 64 average
2014: 4 games, 50 average
2015: 17 games, 76 average
Is this someone you want to be forking out over $400k for even though you really don’t know what you’re going to get?
And on that, where does he fit it? Is he your number one ruckman, or number two, if you’re going to spend close to $1 million in that area of the ground? Maybe he fits into your forward line? Eugh… that doesn’t look right.
Six scores over 90 last season from Sinclair was good, four scores under 60 was worse. A player of his price cannot be producing that.
The pressure will be on Sinclair, no doubt. He needs to take another big step up because even though he’s had just three years in the system, he’s already 26.
The Swans have an excellent record with recycling players; when Shane Mumford arrived in 2010 he took a 53 average to a 93 average.
Verdict: I feel like there’s a lot riding on his shoulders without throwing the pressure of my SuperCoach team on there too. Too expensive for me.