Jack Duffy and Jai Thomas are joined by a Crows-supporting special guest Laurence Paice, and scan over the five months since AFL Grand Final day 2017.
Key highlights include winners and losers of the trade period now, who the most under-rated pickups might be across the league and which club can feel the best about themselves now that the pre-season grind is largely complete.
The boys touch on the future of Rory Sloane, whilst JT names a controversial up-and-comer for season 2018.
00:30 – Laurence relives some heartbreak of the 2017 GF
06:16 – The trade period looking back
18:28 – The big trade period winners
33:23 – The questionable moves
39:23 – Who’s feeling good about the pre-season?
42:03 – The Sloane Ranger – staying or going?
44:53 – The Most Improved prediction for 2018
Coast to Coast footy is a weekly podcast hosted by Jack Duffy and Jai Thomas, summarising all things AFL and generally featuring a special guest. The boys are keen for feedback and input here on The Roar, or on twitter @CoasttoCoastAFL.
Having bowed out of two consecutive preliminary finals to the eventual premiers, the GWS Giants entered the 2018 season under pressure to take the next step and claim the flag that so many had automatically assumed would be theirs given the talent on the list.
After another failed September campaign, John Longmire entered the 2018 season with his seat starting to warm up slowly, having just one premiership to his name from seven consecutive finals appearances.
Coming off a second consecutive embarrassing knock-out final thrashing, this time in a preliminary final, the Cats and Chris Scott entered 2018 feeling the heat, holding just three September victories to their credit since they won the 2011 premiership over Collingwood.
It’s almost ten years ago now that, in anticipation of the Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants joining the competition, the AFL surveyed fans on a number of expansion related issues, including the size of the finals series.