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Jesse Dart

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Appeared on the Footy Show as some obnoixious kid who knew a bit about the Dockers, since then my journalism career has followed the same trajectory as the show that first spotlighted me. Youngest WAFL commentator at league level (16 years), who just wants one of his teams to win a trophy.

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You’ve convinced me to go and dig up some old highlights of Ashley Hansen, which is the first time anyone has ever said that sentence

The forgotten Eagles from West Coast's 2006 triumph

Hi Gerard, the drugs talk is kind of on me I should have known what I was getting myself into writing about the 06 Eagles.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet Wirra and he’s a fantastic bloke off the field as well, I’m not sure if you’re based here out West but he has a foundation that does some fantastic community work.

The forgotten Eagles from West Coast's 2006 triumph

Genuinely I had Hansen typed and ready to go at the number 3 spot, he was the closest of anyone to miss.

I don’t know about most underrated of the 21st century at centre half forward, but he certainly is due more credit than he gets.

The other names you mentioned prove just how remarkable the depth was, this list could have an entirely different set of 5 names and there wouldn’t be that many complaints.

The forgotten Eagles from West Coast's 2006 triumph

Agree with this and I think this could have easily been dragged out to a top 10, as a Freo supporter (and being about 6 during this era) I fondly remember the Carr brothers constantly going at Cousins and Kerr. Good times.

The forgotten Eagles from West Coast's 2006 triumph

Hi Marty, totally agree with that, I was only 5 when West Coast won that flag so I’d certainly forgotten how powerful they were at the time. One thing I wondered when reading your comment about the forward line is how strong could they have been had they retained Fraser Gehrig. Enough to have won 05 as well perhaps?

The forgotten Eagles from West Coast's 2006 triumph

Guess I’m new enough here to have fallen victim to that, at least the neutrals didn’t mind it.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

I hope Essendon send the 90s decision makers a Christmas card every year.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Well Jonboy if that’s the case I’m glad to hear he’s doing better mentally and hopefully he can find a work life balance required when being a professional athlete.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

I can’t speak for the exact reason why Hogan was brought in, but we did need a key forward who had shown quality and he wanted a return to WA, so at that time it made sense. Were his off field issues known? Yes. In my opinion, have these off field issues gotten worse since his return to WA? Yes. There’s no statistical data to back this up for me obviously, but through both verified and unverified sources Hogan has not been conducting himself to a standard becoming of an AFL player. If you gave me the choice of Hogan or the draft, at the time I was happy with Hogan, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

“Hogan and Wilson are obvious winners”. Maybe it’s a Pavlich hangover, but I don’t think anyone can truthfully say Hogan was a win. In 2019, Hogan played twelve games for the Dockers, kicking thirteen goals. In the interest of fairness, I’ll compare that only to 2017, where he managed 10 games for Melbourne. Despite playing two less games, he kicked seven more goals, going at an even 2 goals per game against 1.08 goals per game last year. Across four seasons at Melbourne, Hogan represented the club 71 times, scoring 152 times at an average of 2.14 goals a game, exactly double his Fremantle total. Statistically only, while completely ignoring the off field dramas, Hogan is not an “obvious win”.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Sturt is one I’m genuinely excited about for 2020.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

I always rated Robbie Warnock, shame it never really worked out for him with us but he was one of the nicest and most down to earth players I’ve met.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Was there fundamental improvement in year two for Brayshaw though? Like it or not AFL is a cutthroat industry and Freo especially don’t have time to wait around. This is a big year for Brayshaw, I wouldn’t say he is under pressure, but he needs to show meaningful improvement.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

If time froze at 2015 Ross probably would’ve gone down as a club legend, nobody can dispute 2012-2015 was the strongest period the club has ever had.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Missing out on King is for sure a blow, I personally have accepted Hogan won’t take to the field this year and that we need to find a way to make a forward line that if we are honest with ourselves is in the bottom third of the competition fire.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Even Dylan Roberton, who had all the ability of a deodorant can at Fremantle, turned into a handy player for the Saints.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Brayshaw I like but I’m concerned he has hit his ceiling. Cerra from all reports looks set for a big year so I’m really keen for him to hit his stride. There’s promise in this list, the question is can an unproven coach extract the obvious talent available to him?

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

That’s very true Col but I have to say Freo have never gotten it right. The 25 year rebuild rolls on.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Hey Johnno thanks for taking the time to comment. I can’t say, no matter how much I want to, that we won the Croad trade. McPharlin is one of my favourite Dockers of all time but conventional wisdom says we could’ve got him for so much less due to his injury problems. Happy to be corrected on this but I understand Silvia’s wages were quite high when he was under contract with us. Kersten was unlucky to be here compared to some of the others but still let us down.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

100% Josh, I can’t recall any whispers of Neale wanting out pre Kersten so take that how you will.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Hogan’s inclusion was a tough one and I swapped him and McCarthy about six times.

It boils down to the specific criteria I’ve outlined, Hogan was a massive frustrastion last year, being served club imposed alcohol related suspensions, showing disinterest on the field and constantly turning up in the media for all the wrong reasons.

I don’t enjoy kicking people while they are down but at the end of the day I want my content to reflect facts and structured analysis rather than my own personal bias.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

In terms of trades purely for players, we have a pretty poor record. McPharlin was a great steal but gets tainted because it was part of the Croad trade. At least there was one trade that genuinely worked out in Hamling, one of our top players and he will be a huge miss for the start of the season.

The flawed five: Fremantle's worst recruitment woes

Hey mate welcome to the Roar community!

Really good first article, I personally love these types of reflections and this is a really good one.

Hope to see some more coming soon.

The mystique was dead: 1999-2000 Boston Celtics in review

Since 2010 though? That’s the criteria I’m focusing on and generally all our openers apart from Warner have been unspectacular but Marsh has been lucky to play as much as he has.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Yeah but appearing as 12th man 19 times is an awkward number to be stuck on, rounding him off with 20 seems too perfect so I’ll strand him on 19.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era