Brisbane season review and possible trade moves: 2017

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    While at first glance it appeared to be another terrible season for the Lions, they actually made progress in 2017. Here’s my season review.

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    What happened in 2017
    The Lions had a good season, winning five games, two more than last year, and blooding plenty of exciting youngsters.

    They started well, winning their first game of the season, winning over crosstown rivals Gold Coast. They then, however, went on to lose their next nine games, showing some flashes of brilliance and excitement at times, but also showing some ugly football as well.

    They had a turning point after their bye though, winning against Fremantle, Essendon, Carlton, and Gold Coast for the second time this season. They had a disappointing loss against North Melbourne in the final round in a game they were expected to win, but still a promising season for this young, developing team overall.

    Mark out of 10: 8/10

    The coach
    Chris Fagan did well to right the ship in 2017, changing their game plan to a more exciting brand, and changing the culture around the club. He will be expected to build on this year’s performance and will hopefully be able to have them contesting for September football by 2021. Fantastic first year performance for the coach.

    Mark out of 10: 9/10

    The best 22 – end of 2017
    B: Darcy Gardiner, Harris Andrews, Sam Mayes
    HB: Alex Witherden, Daniel McStay, Nick Robertson
    C: Daniel Rich, Dayne Zorko, Ryan Lester
    HF: Mitch Robinson, Josh Schache, Hugh McCluggage
    F: Lewis Taylor, Eric Hipwood, Jake Barrett
    Foll: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Tom Rockliff
    I/C: Jarrod Berry, Allen Christensen, Ryan Bastinac, Rhys Mathieson

    Young players such as Cedric Cox and Tom Cutler are unlucky to not be in the best 22. Christensen and Robinson would both have been senior regulars had they not been injured, hence why they have been included.

    List changes
    Possible delistings

    Ryan Harwood – Has been disappointing over the last few years, and having played only nine games in 2017, which leaves a question mark over where he fits into Chris Fagan’s future plans.

    Rohan Bewick – Seeing as he has never played over 20 games in a season and struggled to get games this year, it seems him time at Brisbane will be up.

    Cian Hanley – Hanley, brother of Pearce from the Suns, seems unlikely to be upgraded to the senior list after three seasons on the rookie list.

    Jarrad Jansen – Jansen hasn’t showed much in his time up in Brisbane, and it seems likely his time will be over.

    Josh Clayton – Clayton has only played two games in three years, not showing much, and it now seems likely his time at the Lions will be over.

    Claye Beams – Beams, brother of the Lions skipper Dayne, has showed potential throughout his career, but has never acted on it. It seems unlikely he will get a new contract.

    Michael Close – Has showed glimpses, but never acted on it, however is a possibility to be re-signed due to the fact he played ten games this year, the most since his debut year.

    Matt Hammelmann – He is currently on the rookie list, but seems unlikely to be offered a spot on the senior list.

    Free agents
    Claye Beams and Ryan Harwood are unrestricted free agents and would be able to leave the club without being delisted or traded, however, as I stated above, I believe they should be delisted.

    Tom Rockliff hasn’t re-signed as of yet, and there is interest from Hawthorn and Port Adelaide. If he chooses not to re-sign, I would allow him to leave and take the compensation pick.

    Tom Rockliff Brisbane Lions AFL 2017

    Picks: 1, Port Adelaide’s first round pick (Currently 14), 18, 41, 73

    Potential trade targets
    There has been public talk from Chris Fagan that the Lions are interested in Charlie Cameron from Adelaide, and with talk that he is homesick, may potentially request a trade to the Lions. Brisbane would easily have to offer a first-round pick and a second-round pick, and maybe a cherry on top to sweeten the deal.

    If Adelaide were interested in Tom Rockliff, they could offer Rockliff and a third-round pick for Cameron and a fourth-round pick, however their most ideal trade for Cameron would be this.

    Adelaide would give Charlie Cameron and fifth-round pick (Currently 90) and Brisbane would give Port Adelaide’s first round pick (Currently 14) and their 2018 second-round pick.

    They may possibly further look at their small forward and midfield stocks by looking at Billy Hartung or Paul Puopolo from Hawthorn to add depth and experience, however there is talk that Puopolo is going to the Giants.

    They could potentially look at trying to add Luke Partington from West Coast to their young brigade, however it depends on what the Eagles would ask for him. Besides that, stick to the draft and build from there.

    It seems unlikely there will be any retirements for the Lions this off season as they look to improve their young list next year.

    Early prediction
    My early prediction for next year is for the Lions to finish on seven wins and finish 14-17 on the ladder.

    That’s my view on Brisbane’s 2017 season and what they should do in this year’s trade period. What are your thoughts?

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    The Crowd Says (24)

    • September 9th 2017 @ 10:11am
      David C said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      Bewick has another 12 months on his contract so unless one of the WA clubs wants to pick him up he will be staying for at least another year. Charlie Camerson would be worth a late first rounder at most, that’s the feedback I’ve seen even from Adelaide supporters. Close could be traded with Collingwood rumoured to be interested. Agreed Harwood should be encouraged to use free agency and look elsewhere. Stef Martin wants to home to VIC apparently, doggies maybe. And I don’t want to start the Schache rumours but ????? You could add Freeman to those who could be delisted. I think Hammelmann is a chance to be upgraded in his place.

      • September 9th 2017 @ 10:36am
        David C said | September 9th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        That would be Cameron.

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      September 9th 2017 @ 12:51pm
      TomC said | September 9th 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Pretty much all the trade valuations I’ve seen for Cameron are far more than what I would rate him as.

      A first round pick plus a future second round pick, which would realistically be somewhere between 19 and 22, would be far more than I’d be happy with. I’d be disappointed if the Lions offered either one of those things, let alone both.

      Cameron is fast, but that’s about it really from what I’ve seen. He’s a very poor kick of the footy, and fits in best at a club like Adelaide that can cover a player with iffy disposal for the sake of the extra metres gained.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 6:40pm
      Peter M said | September 9th 2017 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

      Don’t get too carried away about the speed of Cameron. It’s not much good if you can’t kick straight and he can’t. If Bewick stays it can only be to play reserves. Please Please Please use this period to get rid of Paparone, he is not capable of playing at the highest level.

      • September 10th 2017 @ 8:12am
        David C said | September 10th 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

        Yeh, hoping Paps gets traded back to WA. Both those clubs will have significant list turnovers and he is the right age for them. Not sure why Brisbane gave Bewick a 2 year contract last year.

      • Roar Guru

        September 12th 2017 @ 3:53pm
        Paul D said | September 12th 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

        Agreed on Paparone going, he has been garbage and soft for years. Made to look better than he is by the mediocrity around him – 3 years ago he wasn’t one of our worst players, as the quality of the list has gradually improved he now is

    • September 10th 2017 @ 10:58pm
      Tony Stamkoski said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:58pm | ! Report

      Charlie Cameron and crows pick 18 for Shache.. Everyone’s a winner… Two first round picks for Cameron…. I dont think so..!!

    • Roar Guru

      September 11th 2017 @ 10:33am
      Paul D said | September 11th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

      Price is probably wrong on Cameron, but I always get that sort of thing wrong too. He’ll wind up at Brisbane, that’s the important thing.

      Would be happy to see all the players you listed…delisted. Bewick will have to be held one more year. I too am baffled how he got a two year deal. No-one else wanted him. I reckon Leppa swung that as a favour before he got axed himself

      At least we look to be improving. I’ll take that after the last few years

    • September 11th 2017 @ 11:43am
      Asd said | September 11th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

      They need some hidden gems.but there hard to find .It’s harder if you can’t recognise them