Fresh Faces | Adel, Bris, Carl, Coll & Ess

Hey there guys and girls! Over this pre-season I will be looking at the fresh faces who have arrived at your club and their SuperCoach relevance.

Strap yourselves in for the ride.
Adelaide endured a tough season, in which they ended up missing finals after making the grand final the previous season. They didn’t make many list changes even after the season that was.

Shane McAdam (Traded, mature-age access)
Forward $123,900
At 23 years old, Shane has been given that great opportunity to play in the AFL. From his 17 games last year for Sturt in the SANFL he kicked 30 goals. He could be a great cash cow 🐄 for all SuperCoaches. Takes Andrew McLeod’s famous No.23.
– Watch JLT

Tyson Stengle (Traded from Richmond)
Forward $123,900
This diminutive forward who stands at 172cm has been given the lifeline from Adelaide after being starved of opportunities at Richmond. He needs a strong preseason and JLT Series.
– Watch JLT

Chayce Jones (National Draft, Launceston)
Midfielder $171,300
Was one of the bolters on Draft night and was selected at pick No.9 after an All Australian performance at under 18 level, where he averaged 109 points. A great prospect and priced high.
– Watch JLT, if named round one I like what I’ve read.

Edward “Ned” McHenry (National Draft, Geelong Falcons)
Midfielder/Forward $139,800
Adelaide seemed to bring in a few smaller forward types to which Ned is one of those, Standing 178cm tall, looks to have a huge future being out of the Geelong factory, Averaged 84 at under 18’s and 115 at TAC cup. I like the way he goes about it very much SuperCoach relevant.
– Watch JLT and round one teams.

Will Hamill (National Draft, Dandenong Stingrays)
Defender $117,300
Taken at pick No.30 in the draft, this pacy half back was likened to Rory Laird. Looks to need a little bit of time to develop.
– Unlikely.

Lachlan Scholl (National Draft, Calder Cannons)
Defender $117,300
Pick No.64 for Adelaide. If his family history has anything to do with it he will have a bright future (Dad Brett played 35 games, Dad’s cousins Craig and Brad played 235 and 171 games respectively). Definitely a watch.
– Watch JLT

Kieran Strachan (Rookie Draft, Port Melbourne)
Ruck/Forward $118,900
Taken at Pick No.7 in the rookie draft, this matured-aged ruckman (23) applied his craft in the VFL last year for Port Melbourne. Maybe he’s just there for some insurance cover?
– No for me

Jordan Butts (Rookie Draft, Murray Bushrangers)
Defender/Forward $102,300
Project player for the future (still raw and only 18). I don’t think he will see any AFL game time this year.
– No for me

OVERALL

Adelaide have a few nice cash cows options but none are locks yet. I’ll be watching McAdam, McHenry, Stengle and Jones in JLT at the moment.


Brisbane has been a very busy club in regards to list changes over the last few years with this year was no exception.

Marcus Adams (Traded, Western Bulldogs)
Defender $339,600
Will be a great acquisition for Brisbane on field with his size to play on the big full forwards, but at that price he’s not SuperCoach relevant.
– No for me

Lincoln McCarthy (Traded, Geelong Cats)
Forward $247,500
An interesting one here. Let’s just say you don’t stay on a list for seven years, playing only 29 games at Geelong if you don’t have some serious talent. He has completed every training session so far this pre-season.
– Watch JLT

Lachie Neale (Traded, Fremantle Dockers)
Midfielder $607,300
Brisbane really landed a big fish here in the form of this former Fremantle gun, and he averaged 111.9 points last year with a high score of 159 and averaged 109 in 2017. He wouldn’t look out of place in any SuperCoach side.
– A big yes

Jarryd Lyons ( Delisted Free Agent, Gold Coast Suns)
Midfielder $502,000
Came to Brisbane almost as an after thought, after he wasn’t able to capture his best form at Gold Coast and now finds himself with the Lions. Needs to take the next step to be SuperCoach relevant.
– No for me

Ely Smith (National Draft, Murray Bushrangers)
Midfielder $117,300
In past years Brisbane has needed their Draft picks ready to go straight away, but with successful drafting recently this pick No.21, even though he clearly looks ready made for AFL could be given time. His impressive averages of 121 (under 18s) and 114 (TAC Cup) bode well if he gets his debut early.
– Watch JLT

Thomas Berry (National Draft, GWV Rebels)
Midfielder $117,300
Taken at pick No.36, the brother of Jarrod will be given time in the NEAFL to develop I’d say. No rush required.
– Unlikely but watch JLT

Thomas Joyce (National Draft, East Fremantle)
Midfielder $117,300
Taken at pick No.40 in the draft a great average of 113 at WAFL Colts level, he should also be given time to develop.
– Watch JLT

Connor McFadyen (National Draft, BL Academy)
Midfielder/ Forward $117,300
At pick No.42 this Academy prospect will be given time to develop.
– Unlikely but watch JLT

Noah Answerth (National Draft, Oakleigh Chargers)
Defender/ Midfielder $117,300
Taken at pick No.55, I have heard some good things come out about Noah, maybe ahead of a couple of the others. Should also get some time to develop.
– Unlikely but watch JLT

James Madden ( Category B Rookie, Ireland)
Midfielder $102,400
Super quick Irishman, unlikely to see game time this year.
– No for me

OVERALL

To wrap it up, Lachie Neale will be great in any SuperCoach side, other than that there’s a lot of ‘watch JLTs’, but mainly McCarthy and Smith at this moment.


Another disappointing year has brought upon another busy off season for the Navy Blues. Could we
finally see the club improve?

Mitch McGovern (Traded, Adelaide)
Forward $368,200
In regards to what Carlton needed as a club this was a great trade. But SuperCoach relevant? I don’t think so – his career highest score is only 100.
– No for me

Will Setterfield (Traded, GWS)
Midfielder/ Forward $144,900
A great pick up for Carlton and SuperCoach players for this former No.5 draft pick. He’s struggled with
injuries at GWS and requested a trade back to Victoria, and I see him being a very relevant rookie.
– Watch JLT, but an early yes for me

Nic Newman (Traded, Sydney)
Defender $394,100
With Sam Docherty going down with a second knee injury it makes him a more interesting prospect, but is still awkwardly priced and with averages of 72 and 82 in the two previous seasons. He’d need to set the JLT on fire for me to take notice.
– No for me

Alex Fasolo (UFA, Collingwood)
Forward $250,000
Has struggled in recent seasons with injuries at Collingwood only managed one game last year. An
interrupted pre-season already has him trying to make up lost ground, but could relevant at that price, however he needs to see game time in JLT series to be considered.
– Watch JLT, Leaning towards no

Sam Walsh (National Draft, Geelong Falcons)
Midfielder $207,300
Just oozes class. This No.1 draft pick will be a star in the future – he averaged 141 points at under 18
level and 158 in the TAC Cup. Obviously he’s not going to hit those heights at AFL level this year, but is sure to get many chances which hopefully results in SuperCoach points for us. An expensive rookie, which is the only down side I see.
– Watch JLT, no for me, the money is better spent elsewhere.

Liam Stocker (National Draft, Sandringham Dragons)
Midfielder $126,300
Carlton went all out to move up the order on draft night to land Liam, they obviously rate him very
highly. Averaged 110 points in the TAC Cup and all reports on Stocker are great. Currently sitting in my side, pending JLT and round one teams of course.
– Watch JLT and round one teams. Yes for me.

Finbar O’Dwyer (National Draft, Yarrawonga)
Forward $117,300
Taken at pick No.66, the 190cm half forward is good with his hands overhead and down low, according to the club. Surely he will take time to develop.
– Watch JLT, no for me

Ben Silvagni (National Draft FS, Oakleigh Chargers)
Defender/ Forward $117,300
The Silvagni name is synonymous with Carlton, but he didn’t set the under 18s or TAC Cup on fire. He was always going to be given an opportunity on Carlton’s list and I believe will be given plenty of time in the twos to develop.
– No for me

Hugh Goddard (Rookie Draft, St Kilda)
Defender $159,600
Offered a life line in the rookie draft after being delisted by St Kilda. Comes in at a nice price, where in
the pecking order is he positioned?
– Watch JLT

Michael Gibbons (Rookie SSP, Williamstown)
Midfielder $102,400.
Hello Money! He achieved everything in the VFL and has finally been given an opportunity on an AFL list. His SuperCoach averages are elite. Just an absolute lock assuming he’s picked round one.
– Yes for me, thank you Carlton.

Matt Cottrell (Rookie SSP, Dandenong Stingrays)
Midfielder/Forward $102,400
A 19-year-old who possesses elite endurance – I can see him getting some opportunities through the year.
– Watch JLT

OVERALL

The Blues will have to try a few things and blood a few youngsters this year again, which is great for us. Exciting times for the club with Walsh, Stocker and Setterfield now joined by Gibbons.

Collingwood came so close to claiming their first premiership since 2010, but they blew a five goal lead!
The list doesn’t need much tinkering and therefore made minimal changes.

Dayne Beams (Trade, Brisbane)
Midfielder $557,600
Dayne has always been a super consistent performer in SuperCoach, my only question is where does he fit in that potent Collingwood midfield? If you think he gets the key role, he is worth the money.
– Watch JLT, no for me

Jordan Roughead (Trade, Western Bulldogs)
Ruck/ Forward $379,100
Never been SuperCoach relevant and I don’t see that changing at Collingwood. A handy pick-up for the team though.
– No for me

Isaac Quaynor (National Draft AS, Oakleigh Chargers)
Defender $153,300
Now we come to Isaac, what an exciting talent this guy looks like. The Pies had to match a bid from GWS in the draft, which they duly did. Steady SuperCoach averages at under 18 (74) and TAC Cup (90) level, but definitely watch his progress.
– Watch JLT

Will Kelly (National Draft FS, Oakleigh Chargers)
Defender $117,300
Son of the great defender Craig, Will is currently injured and will take time to develop, hopefully a
mid-season downgrade.
– No for me to start season.

Atu Bosenavulagi (National Draft, Oakleigh Chargers)
Midfielder/Forward $117,300
Collingwood had access to him thanks to their Next Generation Academy. They loved the way he tackled,
his hardness and his pace, and the Pies duly used pick No.77 on him.
– Watch JLT

OVERALL

That’s a wrap for Collingwood. The main ones I take out of this are Quaynor and probably Beams, but I’m nowhere near sold on Dayne.


After a big off season last year everyone expected Essendon to finish in the top eight, but that never quite
eventuated. Could 2019 be the start?

Dylan Shiel (Trade, GWS)
Midfielder $487,000
He’s only finished the season once with an average above 100 (102.8 in 2015), which is a worry for me. Looks like he will meet Essendon’s midfield needs, but would need to take his game to a whole new level to be SuperCoach relevant.
– No for me

Irving Mosquito (National Draft, Gippsland Power)
Forward/Midfielder $117,300
Needs to complete year 12 this year, so there is no expectations on him to play.
– No for me

Noah Gown (National Draft, Gippsland Power)
Forward $117,300
This 194cm, 91kg 18-year-old was landed with Essendon’s pick No.60. He’s still raw, comes from a basketball background and will take some time, but with that size frame already he should hopefully see some games through the season.
– Watch JLT

Brayden Ham (National Draft, Geelong Falcons)
Forward $117,300
Brayden finished runner-up to Sam Walsh in the Geelong Falcons B&F, but only weighs in at 65kg so will take some time to develop. Tested elite in the combine for sprints and endurance. Give him time.
– Watch JLT

Zac Clarke (Rookie Draft, Subiaco)
Ruck $142,600
Played 101 games for Fremantle in the shadow of Aaron Sandilands, but has been given another crack at
AFL level this year after a dominant season for Subiaco where the team was undefeated, largely due to
Clarke’s dominance where he averaged 126 SuperCoach points. Very relevant.
– Watch JLT, early yes for me.

Thomas Jok (Rookie Draft, Collingwood VFL)
Midfielder $117,400
This mature-aged recruit (22 years old) finally achieved his goal of being on an AFL list after a great season in the VFL with Collingwood. He is very versatile as he can play forward, back or midfield. Will need to seize any opportunity.
– Watch JLT

OVERALL

That’s it for Essendon and to be honest there isn’t really much to go on other than Clarke. Watch
JLT with the rookies to see if any step up or maybe if Shiel takes his game to a new level, but I’m not
selecting any of them at the moment.


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