Who should recruit Nick Malceski?

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    West Coast undoubtedly need to recruit some running players given their underwhelming 2014 season, but Sydney veteran Nick Malceski should not be one of them.

    Although he turns 30 in two days’ time, Malceski is as potent as at any time in his career, perhaps even moreso.

    The skilful defender is shaping as a likely inclusion in the All Australia team and is one of the key reasons the Swans have been so destructive this season.

    But players of his age, looking for one last big pay day before their career expires, are not suited to struggling teams like West Coast.

    It has been reported that both the Eagles and their cross-town foes Fremantle are among six AFL teams chasing Malceski, who will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Malceski’s wife is from Western Australia which makes Perth an attractive location.

    Victorian journalist Damian Barrett claimed on the most recent edition of The Sunday Footy Show that Gold Coast were the frontrunners to sign Malceski.

    Barrett suggested that a three-year deal worth $500,000 a season had been offered to Malceski by the Suns.

    The Swans cannot afford to match such an offer given the huge slice of their salary cap swallowed up by the recruitment of former Hawthorn star Lance Franklin.

    Surely the Eagles cannot afford to pay anything close to that for a player who very likely won’t be there when they challenge for their next premiership.

    West Coast need to rejuvenate their list. They have put together back-to-back seasons of under-performance and disappointment.

    When the Eagles galloped to resounding wins over the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and St Kilda in the opening three rounds of this season, some footy pundits and followers considered them a strong chance for a top-four finish.

    But, with veteran champions Darren Glass and Dean Cox both finishing up this year, the premiership window which some thought may have been slightly ajar has been welded shut.

    The Eagles current list places it as a borderline finals team, no more. They have a dynamic and multi-faceted forward line and a solid back six.

    Their midfield, however, has been vaporised repeatedly this season, particularly by teams who choke up their space and allow them little freedom.

    They lack players with explosive speed and strength who can bust open such rigid defensive structures.

    The Eagles need midfield pace. Preferably they would acquire this through the draft or by recruiting an established player in his early-20s.

    Spending wads of cash on a dashing defender in Malceski who will turn 31 next season would be a daft move. It would suggest the Eagles think they are within reach of a flag in the next two seasons. They are not.

    Fremantle would be a better fit considering they should again be in the premiership race next year. But do they really need Malceski?

    Any club would love to have him but what the Dockers lack is a second tall forward target to take the heat off spearhead Matthew Pavlich. Finding such a player, of course, is far from elementary.

    In any case, Malceski looks most likely to end up at the Gold Coast at this point. As we have seen from their massive decline in competitiveness since the injury to skipper Gary Ablett, they require more reliable veteran players.

    Could the addition of Malceski help them climb into the finals next season? Quite possibly.

    He certainly makes more sense as a Suns recruit than as a pickup for the Eagles or Dockers.

    Ronan O
    Ronan O'Connell

    Ronan O'Connell has been a journalist for well over 13 years, including nine at daily newspapers in WA. He now traverses the world as a travel photojournalist, contributing words and photography to more than 30 magazines and newspapers including CNN, BBC, The Toronto Star, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, The Irish Examiner and The Australian Financial Review. Check out his work and follow him on Twitter @ronanoco

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    • August 13th 2014 @ 1:58am
      Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:58am | ! Report

      Malceski to Freo? My goodness, NO!

      Freo has the AFL’s most efficient disposer, Paul Duffield, already and Malceski is slow, loose and old. Haven’t you seen Sutcliffe, Morabito, Spurr, Clancy Pearce, Daniel Pearce, Stephen Hill and Sheridan?

      And why do Sydney want to shunt him anyway? Is his knee shonky again?

      • August 13th 2014 @ 6:18am
        slane said | August 13th 2014 @ 6:18am | ! Report

        I love how all of Freos players are suddenly superstars now. You should recruit malceski so he can show your team what a premiership medallion looks like.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 9:54am
          Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          That’s pretty childish.

          Every year Freo is listed as the team chasing players from other teams. They have definitely chased KPP forwards but of a certain age. Chris Bond is in charge of recruiting and he says clearly every year that they have a specific age envelope when they look at laterals. Malceski is simply too old. Even Sylvia was a surprise given his age.

          More importantly, they don’t need running defenders. they don’t need midfielders. they don’t need rucks, small forwards or flankers. They only need a McPharlin replacement and another tall forward. But unless there’s someone aound Frawley’s age I suspect they’ll work with what they’ve got.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 10:24am
            Pope Paul VII said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:24am | ! Report

            but funny

            • August 13th 2014 @ 10:28am
              Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:28am | ! Report

              Meh. Maybe if there was any hint of originality

              • Columnist

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:25pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

                I’m sure Sydney would love to keep him Don but they don’t have a whole heap of salary cap space these days.

      • August 13th 2014 @ 9:48am
        Jim said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        ‘Slow loose and old’. – Whatever you reckon Don Freo.

        He’s got, at least for another 6 weeks, 1 more premiership medal than any of those freo donkeys you mention. With a bit of luck, it’ll be 2 premiership medals more.

        Wasn’t anything slow, loose or old about his 2 grand final goals in 2012, was there?

        • August 13th 2014 @ 10:00am
          Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:00am | ! Report

          Jim, let’s go with ‘slower’ than Freo’s existing players, ‘looser’ than Freo’s players and ‘older’ than Freo’s equivalent players. Send him to Melbourne or St Kilda if you want to be rid of him.

          Why cite 2012? You are aware he is older now? That’s the point. He’d be of more interest circa 2012.

          • Columnist

            August 13th 2014 @ 2:27pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

            He’s easily better than just about any of those Freo players you listed Don.

            • August 13th 2014 @ 2:38pm
              Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

              I disagree. Hill and Pearce are not too shabby but I’d argue at the other end – they are particularly valuable for their inside 50s. Morabito will be a star with a bit more time to get match fit. And you can’t seriously try and compare a 30yr old with Shero (not a defender either) and Sutty who debuted in 2012.

              Duffield and Spurr are pretty good and very underrated defenders

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:43pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

                Just a question Balthazar, because I am still trying to figure out who is age sensitive…me or you.

                You bring up the Mal is 30 again so I just have to ask.

                Do you think it possible for a sports person who is 30 to be better than, say, someone who is say 22?

              • August 13th 2014 @ 3:14pm
                Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

                I look at it from the opposite point of view – a 22 year old hasn’t reached their peak in muscle mass, weight and, in AFL terms, fitness. So you’d expect further improvement.

                My age sensitivity comment was a throw away line. Swans fans seem outraged that, if you accept (as I do) that Malceski is a good player, other teams won’t want him because of his age. Very few (any?) 30 yr olds are marketable. I can’t see what else is upsetting them – everbody accepts he’s a good player – well maybe Don has poked a bit of fun – so the only issues are need and age. If he was a few years younger, you might ignore “need” even if you’re stacked with players in similar roles. So the main reason teams may not look at him is obvious. That being the case, why the fuss?

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 3:27pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

                No fuss, just looking to understand where you are coming from. Freo, like the Swans, have a lot of quality 30+ players, in their sides, most of which I would have in my side over a 18-20 something any day of the week. I’m talking point in time.

                For example, right now, I would have Malceski on my backline over Rohan. One is developing, one is a proven performer.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 3:34pm
                Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

                You need a mix of both. But you do need to give your good young players exposure to the top level if they are to improve

            • August 13th 2014 @ 2:57pm
              Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

              Not a scratch on Hill or Morabito and less efficient with disposal than Duffield (DE stats. Haven’t seen them but one of the boffins on ABC mentioned that the other day). Duffield is tighter. ATM maybe a fraction better than Sutcliffe, certainly not ‘easily’ better but has no upside and Sutcliffe’s sky is the limit.

              Morabito is Goodes good with more speed, deft touch and greater physical strength. Just needs match fitness, continuity and experience. Watch him fly.

              You’ll be as embarrassed as Michael huston who claimed earlier this year that Fyfe was sloppy and off the pace. Things will be more exciting at Freo in the next few years than the last two. Look forward to my comments then!

      • August 13th 2014 @ 11:04am
        Natalie Swansfan said | August 13th 2014 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        Pretty naive comment. He is anything but slow, still rating amongst the Swannies quickest in pre season. Best user of the ball and amongst the best in the league. Rossy Lyon would certainly not overlook our little Mal.

        But he won’t head to Perth.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 11:59am
          Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 11:59am | ! Report

          Yes he would overlook him. He has Duffield, Ibbotson and Sutcliffe playing the same role and Clancee Pearce as a spare. Malceski is not the type of player Freo needs, no matter how valued he is at the Swans.

          It’s Frawley or bust seeing as Hogan doesn’t want to come back.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 12:12pm
            Natalie Swansfan said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

            That’s boldl Balthazar!! I don’t think any coach would overlook a premiership all Australian, perhaps about to win another flag and a norm smith πŸ˜€

            Freo needs more of these players while their window is still open. A bit like Burgoyne when he went to the Hawks.

            • August 13th 2014 @ 12:20pm
              Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

              I reckon we might break policy and consider Burgoyne…but not Malceski. Duffield, Ibbotson and Sutcliffe are better.

              Picking up faltering, ageing players who move for mercenary reasons belongs to the Damien Drum /Chris Connolly eras.

              There is a whole wave of Freo players under 24 that will keep the window (if there is such a thing) wide open for a long, long time.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 12:31pm
                Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

                You called Damian Drum a great Freo coach yesterday Don.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 12:42pm
                Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

                Surely you recognize irony. He has fallen from grace so badly, he is now only the Minister for Sport in the Victorian parliament (not one of the greater states).

                From the power of purple to the purple prose of politics. Ponder that plunge!

              • August 13th 2014 @ 1:17pm
                Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:17pm | ! Report


              • Columnist

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:29pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

                Frawley to Freo? Hmmm…

            • August 13th 2014 @ 12:21pm
              Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

              Yes they would because of his age. He’s 30 years old. He doesn’t meet either needs or age requirements for Freo. Keep him. he’s a good player.

              And no matter how many times you say we need “these kinds of players” doesn’t make it true. At least half the Fremantle team are capable of playing as a running back. We’ve got heaps of ’em.

              E.g. Sutcliffe plays a similar role. Coach loves him. He was 22 only three months ago. Why on earth wouldn’t we continue putting our efforts into him – he won’t hit his peak for another 4 or 5 years yet? No team with an eye to the future would delay putting games into a good 22 year old by playing a 30 year old lateral hire.

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 12:31pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

                Be that as it may, amongst Richards, Grundy, Smith, Shaw, McVeigh and Malceski, one of the strongest back six in the comp, he certainly is worth his weight in gold. Opposition supporters wouldn’t see it so much.

                He would join good company at Freo. I wouldn’t say he is worse/better than any of the guys you have mentioned. He would compliment those guys nicely and offer Grand Final winning (book end goals in fact) experience that is priceless. Particularly if Freo are contenders again in 1-3 years.

                Natalie isn’t too far wrong.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 12:34pm
                Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

                I don’t doubt he’s a very good player. I watched the game against the cats live. He was great. But he is too old. End of story.

                We have grand final experience. Failure’s feedback, as Ross loves to say

                Don’t know why you Swans fans are so sensitive about age. We get told every week that our list is too old…

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 12:49pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

                I’m not sensitive about age am I?

              • August 13th 2014 @ 1:05pm
                Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

                Well it looks like it..

                Swans fan: “He would add a lot to Freo. You can never have enough of those kinds of players”

                Freo fan: “Uhh thanks. But seeing as we never bothered to recruit KPPs because all we chased were flankers and half backs we’re good at the moment. Oh and he’s 30”

                Swans fan “Look in year X [nominating some time in the future other than this year] your premiership window will be open. And he’s great. We’ve the strongest back 6 going”

                Freo fan: “Yeah but he’ll be even older then. And we think we’ve got a pretty good back 6 of younger players. Thanks, though”

                Swans fan: “But he won some award 2 years ago”

                Freo fan” “Thanks again but he’s ancient. Geddit? Pension him off if you like but we’re not picking up his super”

              • August 13th 2014 @ 1:08pm
                Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

                Brilliant! Miles Franklin Award for you, Balthazar. Finally, some silverware for our cabinet.

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 1:16pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

                If you are attempting to completely bamboozle me you have won!!

                I’m not following you.

                How does any of what you just said make me age sensitive?

                Oh and BTW (at the risk of starting to sound like Macca) I didn’t say the Swans had the best back 6….I did say “one of”. Careful.

              • Columnist

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:31pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

                I must admit Sutcliffe is developing into a very handy player.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 5:44pm
                Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

                Only Smith is a gun on his own right. The others are just very good cogs on an even better wheel but would be exposed if separated from the rest.

    • August 13th 2014 @ 5:40am
      Michael huston said | August 13th 2014 @ 5:40am | ! Report

      I have to assume you’re joking Don. Comparing Malceski to those players? Some of whom can’t even get a game? Yep OK. Malceski is Enright good. He’s Birchall good.

      But enjoy Pearce and co. Let me know when they’re fit enough to make it into the All Australian side.

      • August 13th 2014 @ 7:16am
        Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 7:16am | ! Report

        So keep the old bugger. Offer him a contract.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 9:35am
          Christo the Daddyo said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:35am | ! Report

          Try reading the article as to why the Swans won’t be able to match big money offers from elsewhere.

          My guess he’ll be offered something pretty reasonable from Sydney, but he’ll have to weigh up whether he wants to finish his career with the Swans (and possibly win more premierships) or take a big money offer from another club.

          I reckon the Giants could benefit from his experience too just quietly.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 9:49am
            Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:49am | ! Report

            The point is, no 30 yo is worth any more money. He only offers kicking and those kids in the expansion sides are as good.

            • August 13th 2014 @ 10:19am
              Christo the Daddyo said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:19am | ! Report

              “He only offers kicking”

              You’re kidding aren’t you? Do you actually watch the Swans play?

              • Columnist

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:40pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

                It’ll be interesting to see what kind of offer Sydney can make to Malceski to keep him.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 9:55am
            Gr8rWeStr said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:55am | ! Report

            No doubt GWS would benefit from his experience, and I’d love to see him playing for us but don’t think he is likely to be enough of a priority for us to go hard enough to get him.

            We got Shaw last year, who plays a similar role to Malceski, and any room currently left in the salary cap will, hopefully, go in re-signing our young stars.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 10:08am
          Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:08am | ! Report

          Michael…as good as Birchall probably but that’s just good, a cog in a team. As good as Enright? That’s blasphemy. In years to come they’ll be talking about Enright in the same breath as Bruce Doull.

          Birchall and Malceski?…probably John Rantall or Ken Hunter. Good players.

          • Columnist

            August 13th 2014 @ 2:44pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

            On this occasion I’ll have to agree with Don…Enright is the pick of those three.

            • August 13th 2014 @ 3:41pm
              Michael huston said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

              Enright wins in terms of longevity and consistency, but Malceski at his best is just as good as Birchall and Enrights best. Malceski spent a lot of his career struggling to get on the field for an entire season, but ask any Swans fan and they’ll tell you he’s been excellent. He’s taken his game to another level this year and the media have finally woken up to how brilliant he is. He’s a running half back, there’s still at least a few years in him and he’d help Freo win a flag. But heres the thing. Freo have nothing going forward. They need goal-scoring power, not a half back. He’s far better suited to Sydney than Freo, but let’s not pretend like he wouldn’t improve your team…

              • August 13th 2014 @ 3:55pm
                Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

                You could say the same thing about Malceski 17 times but…nah…he’s just another cog in a good defence. He’d be exposed on a lesser side. Not every side is as complete and balanced as Freo or Sydney.

      • August 13th 2014 @ 9:56am
        Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Pearce has already done so…(and a Rising Star).

        • August 13th 2014 @ 11:49am
          dms1972 said | August 13th 2014 @ 11:49am | ! Report

          Very lucky to do so, Marc Murphy would have won it had not done his shoulder after 12 games, and Heath Shaw was at least the equal of Pearce that year and has since shown who was more deserving of victory.

      • August 13th 2014 @ 10:04am
        Balthazar said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:04am | ! Report

        “Some of whom”? – Only C Pearce. Shero is injured – and is not a defender – and Mora needs to continue building fitness. But yeah it’s a pretty good list actually (albeit Hill and D Pearce are only occasionally shifted to defence and wouldn’t have put Shero in the list at all). And Duffield and D Pearce aside – who are having great years – they are all a LOT younger than Malceski and have great room for improvement. He doesn’t.

        I suspect that after a full preseason Mora will find his rightful place as an elite footballer who can play any position (glad to see Ross is sharp enough to back me up on that). He has all the attributes other than luck so far.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 10:11am
          Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          I mention them, Balt’z, because they have an up side. We’d just be witnessing a career in decline with Malceski.

          • Columnist

            August 13th 2014 @ 2:45pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

            Morabito looked set to be an absolute star in his first season hopefully he can get past all these injuries and live up to that.

            • Roar Guru

              August 13th 2014 @ 2:49pm
              Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

              Well if he is as good as Malceski….he will πŸ˜‰

    • August 13th 2014 @ 8:05am
      Darren said | August 13th 2014 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      Shouldn’t this article be: WA teams shouldn’t recruit Malceski. Not much discussion on who should recruit him. (that maybe the editors fault not yours Ronan. GC is probably a good fit as he will add some stability and leadership for their backline as they continue to climb up the ladder. I could also see him at the Crows to release Brodie Smith into the midfield. However, after paying for Betts last year they probably can’t afford another free agent.

    • August 13th 2014 @ 8:05am
      Darren said | August 13th 2014 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      Shouldn’t this article be: WA teams shouldn’t recruit Malceski. Not much discussion on who should recruit him. (that maybe the editors fault not yours Ronan. GC is probably a good fit as he will add some stability and leadership for their backline as they continue to climb up the ladder. I could also see him at the Crows to release Brodie Smith into the midfield. However, after paying for Betts last year they probably can’t afford another free agent.

    • August 13th 2014 @ 9:53am
      Ryan said | August 13th 2014 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Why would anyone recruit Malceski?

      His 30 years old and has had 2 knee operations. His a very good runner of half-back, but he also is playing in a side which allows him complete freedom to do so.

      He is having arguably a career year, but you dont pay 30 year olds with injury history big money based on a solid season or 2. I would be surprised if there is more than 2 sides that legitimately chase him with the intention of paying >400,000. Surely G.C paying 500,000 over 3 years means they will lose some kids, setting them back in the long run.

      Should just stay at Sydney.

      • August 13th 2014 @ 12:29pm
        Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

        Because he is one of the best attacking half back flankers going around,thats why.

        • August 13th 2014 @ 12:34pm
          Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

          Yeah…one of the best…but Freo has the rest of those ‘best’…apart from the one you have, Axle.

          We’ll trade you Colin Sylvia for Shannon Hurn! He is the best…full stop.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 1:24pm
            Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

            I dont know why you ever tried to put Sylvia in purple Don,he is a purple woftam. And what makes you think i follow West Coast?

            • August 13th 2014 @ 1:50pm
              Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

              My forensic skills.

            • August 13th 2014 @ 2:44pm
              Maggie said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

              Hey, watch who you call a woftam! I thought you had given a Swans player sole rights to that moniker.

              • Columnist

                August 13th 2014 @ 2:47pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 13th 2014 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

                Guys like Malceski at the very end of their career, with a high price tag, are really only of value to a side within immediate reach of a potential premiership who need a top up player of his kind. Not sure why other sorts of teams would be chasing him.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 3:03pm
                Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

                Haha hello Maggie,Sylvia is a purple woftam,a subspecies type of thing. They are a lot less superior than the original WOFTAM πŸ™‚

              • Roar Guru

                August 13th 2014 @ 3:07pm
                Peter Baudinette said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

                I am new to this acronym but assume it stands for “waste of farking time and money” correct?

                Who at the Swans got this and is he still there?

              • August 13th 2014 @ 3:15pm
                Maggie said | August 13th 2014 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

                WOFTAM when applied to Swans player Mr X = Wonderful, Omniscient, Fabulous, Terrific and Magical. Though the Guru may have a different explanation.

              • August 13th 2014 @ 4:05pm
                Axle an the guru said | August 13th 2014 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

                I labled Tippett a WOFTAM Pete, because he couldn’t get on the park,and yes you have the correct wording.

          • August 13th 2014 @ 1:37pm
            Bob said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

            Your as bad as Gene with the Cats Don – ‘Freo has the rest of those ‘best’. If Freo is so amazing, where’s the flag to show it – and why aren’t you romping it in this year too?

            • August 13th 2014 @ 1:49pm
              Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

              Pav’s a crooked kick! Otherwise…

            • August 13th 2014 @ 6:17pm
              Don Freo said | August 13th 2014 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

              The difference between Gene and me, Bob, is that I can text with my tongue in my cheek.

    • August 13th 2014 @ 10:01am
      Winston said | August 13th 2014 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Ronan, didn’t you say there are up to 6 clubs after him? Who are the 3 you haven’t mentioned?

      I would hate to see him go as he’s our best kick in the team, but if he does good luck to him. He’s devoted more than enough to the Swans over his career.

      I think he would benefit any club which needs a bit more class and maturity. He’s not tough, not fast, but makes very good decisions and kicks extremely well.

      Any chance Melbourne Demons want him? He did play under Roos before. Right now they’re using Neville Jetta as the kicking halfback and he’s nothing compared to Malceski. If he’s there, Jetta can concentrate on playing the small defender role, which would greatly benefit him.

      How about Richmond? They’ve been trying to do the Hawthorn kicking game and it failed because of their poor kicking skills. Well, doesn’t it make a great match to add an elite kick to the team then?

      North Melbourne? In their bad games they get flustered and butcher the ball way too much.

      In the end I agree with Ronan overall. He doesn’t suit a rebuilding team that has holes everywhere. He needs to be in a team that can already win the hard ball but are lacking some spark. I’d say that’s about 12 out of the 18 clubs!

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