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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Daniel Connors

Back in 2010, Daniel Connors was suspended for 8 weeks for a drunken rampage up in Sydney. He returned to be one of the biggest improvers we’ve seen in Dream Team… ever. He averages over 90 in 2010 and through injury, he only played 3 games in 2011 and is priced at 45. A bargain, but should we lock him in?

Name: Daniel Connors
Club: Richmond Tigers
Position: Defender
Assistant Coach 2012 Price: $224,200
Bye Round: 13
2011 Average: 45.33
2011 Games Played: 3
Predicted Average: 80

Why should I pick him?

After writing about Reece Conca a few days ago, I remembered another Richmond defender I shortlisted back in September (yes, I’m a sad man). Daniel Connors. The reason he was shortlisted was simply that after being injured in Round 3 and not suiting up again for the season. He’s there too because his piss poor average of 45 in 2011 has him mega under-priced as his 2010 average was a massive 92.3 from his 14 games.

So let’s go back to his 2010 year. He started at $156,000 and Chopper picked him up and was stoked with his first three games. 77, 72 and 73. For that price and those scores, he was a steal. Then while in Sydney for the Round 3 game, he got on the piss (led by Ben Cousins) and was consequently suspended by the club for 8 weeks. On return, he played out the season notching up 4 big tons (116, 132, 123 and 114) and averaged 101.8 for the last 10 rounds. Wowee!

A wise man once said, one good year doesn’t make a premium. Not sure who that bloke was. Actually, I think I just made that up then. But I digress. He had that one good season and then injury took hold last year. He was selected by quite a few coaches, thinking even priced at 92, he offered some value. Then it came to Round 1. He started with the green vest on and infamously came on for Nathan Foley, who had the trots, in the third quarter for only 21 points. Round 2 he scored a modest 72 from 19 disposals and then struggled in Round 3 for only 43 points and fell to a quad injury which would then keep him out for the rest of the season.

So the point of those last 3 paragraphs? Connors averaged 90+ two years ago and after injury last year, he’s priced at less than half that average.

He has a Dream Team game about him. When given the opportunity, he plays outside, loose, unaccountable football which allows a lot of touches/points for Dream Team. I think there are plenty of factors that makes him a good pick for DT and it’s based purely on numbers. If he is playing, then he is a great pick.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

While Connors could end up being one of the better Dream Team improvers (and performers) for the Tigers, at the end of the day, you’ve gotta be getting a game. I’ve been looking across a lot of Richmond websites/forums and not many fans have him in their best 22. I haven’t even seen much about him this pre-season at all. Not much in training reports, or anything.

A bit part of selecting Connors in our Dream Teams will be monitoring his place in the Richmond 22 over the preseason.

As with other Richmond defenders I have looked at before him (Brett Deledio and Reece Conca), the Tigers have the Round 13 bye. Just to remind you, this is with St Kilda, Carlton and Hawthorn – who are responsible for some of the most popular defenders in the comp. Deledio is a must have defender in my opinion and with a lot of coaches strategy, you can only afford 2 more players who share that bye. But who knows, at under $225K, Connors could be upgraded during those bye weeks.

Deck of DT Rating.

JACK – I would like to back in Connors, but I would like to be guaranteed that he is in the Tigers best 22 first. This probably won’t be for a while and at the moment, he would be battling for one of half a dozen spots with about a dozen other players. If he does make it into the Round 1 team, I’ll be looking to structure my backline to get him into my DT. Until then, he will be a “wait and see what the pre-season brings” player for the Warne Dawgs.

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    January 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

    He has been on my watchlist since September also (equally sad?). Reports today say he is back into training after dealing with “personal issues” so hooefully can reclaim the form of 2010 and tear it up if selected.

    Thought it was odd for him to get the vest first round last season, but don’t feel he will get vested that often if selected.

    Am seriously leaning towards putting him in, but that would give me 4 tigers and 1 saint in defence! :S

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    January 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Bit of a loose cannon. We will see how he goes preseason.

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    January 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    No way will he be selected in my DT.

    He was on the trade table but no takers; he will be playing for Coburg this year unless injury strikes.

    Unless there is a complete turn around by Connors this year (dedication / attitude) he will be delisted after the 2012 season.

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      January 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

      You’re spot on there, plus i don’t see him getting a half-back role with guys like Morris and Ellis, coming in this year as well.

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        January 19, 2012 at 10:50 am


        I don’t think he’ll get a game.

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    January 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Picked him up cheap in 2010 when he went bang, repaid the faith last year and got burned when everyone else had Deledio. As much as I love what this guy can do, being a bit wiser this year I’ll need to see promise in the NAB cup and selection on the field round one to make the squad.

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      January 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Connors over lids LMAO

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        January 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Yep rookie mistake!

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    January 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I had him from round 1 last year and he burnt me badly! He made my Never Again list. I also tend to think that he may be at Coburg, but for all those of you worrying about the Rd13 bye, you could keep him til then and if he goes as well as he did in 10 then he should have made you some nice cash to upgrade/swap to another back that has already had their bye.

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    January 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

    So many Richmond defenders This coming season, I can’t see him playing much to be honest. Pass

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    January 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Frothies Conners!

    Absolute DT slut when he is on, racks up cheap mark – kick + 6’s all day.

    I have a soft spot for this bloke as much as he does for the beers and would love to see him come good this season. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be in the starting 22 because he is rated highly at Richmond for his footy brain and talent. But not for his dicipline.

    Only a gambling man would start him in their 22 though at this stage. Hopefully he will get a good run in the NAB so he gets a chance to prove himself and cement a spot in their starting line up.

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      January 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Cheers for the write up also Warnie, good choice for the deck.

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    January 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    My biggest feear with Connors is the recruitment of Houli. Houli seems to be loved at the tigers, and last year was basically the first year he could play to his potential, which is only going to go up. I imagine Connors will play and will be in their 22 come season end, but his role may already be taken. At Connors price though, I hope he doesn’t start playing (or playing well) until round 11. Perfect downgrade target come round 14.

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    January 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Nice unique option for the deck Warnie. I remember starting with Connors and Foley last season and turning a nice shade of green when one was subbed off for the other. Afraid this guy is on my ‘never again’ list!

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    January 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    What a waste of an article, this guy wont play.
    He is completely on the outer and from all reports the Tigers wanted to get rid of him but they couldnt get rid of him because of indiscretions.

    He has done wrong by the club and will not get another contract come season end.
    Wont get a game, simple as that!

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      January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm


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        January 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm


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      January 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      good on you for highlighting that but theres no need to be a hero and take the piss on the fellas that give us invaluable information

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        Big Feller

        January 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm


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      January 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Just make sure you remember to apologize to Warnie if he does play this year.

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      January 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Yes Judd005, Richmond have never been the club to give a bloke a second chance. Never. Oh wait…

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    January 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    connors isn’t in tigers best 22. unless there are injuries he won’t get a regular game. PASS

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    January 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I didn’t realise there were so many richmond team selectors on here! Just because he was used as trade bait and will find it very difficult to get a game doesn’t write him off completely. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get a chance in the NAB cup to prove his worth.

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      January 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Hamish McIntosh was trade bait too… hmm, better not think about him either then.

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        January 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Top article btw. Imo Connors could easily be one of the best bargains of the year, he has the potential.

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        January 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        pick him i dare you.

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      January 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      So was Andrew Walker in 2010, a revelation last season!

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      January 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Sully, you have a good point but it’s not because he was trade bait it’s because other players have taken his 2010 half-back spot plus the fact he’s having some ongoing personal problems that he’s dealing with cast a doubt about him.
      Everyone does forget though he was injured for bits of last year too which did put him back in the pecking order, Newman, Deledio, Houli, Batchelor, Conca all played that running backline role.

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        January 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        Yes it will be no small task getting a gig not to mention avoiding the vests. All I’m trying to say is he’s a chance if he does all the right things.

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    Fatty McButterpants

    January 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I don’t mean to be condescending, but everyone is stupid except me. Its simple. When not injured and not misbehaving, Connors is way ahead of many players who haven’t secured their spot yet, eg bachelor, ellis, conca. And unlike many tiges (im looking at you edwards, grigg, jackson, king, morris, mcguane, tuck, to name a few), he can hit a target. If he is named for round 1, at $224k, youd be an idiot not to pick him.

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      January 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Conca is a lock for the midfield and Batchelor was the Tigers best rookie of 2011.

      Batchelor commits to Tigers

      How can Connors be ahead of the above players when he only played about 10 games (round 12 – 22) in 2010 that was any reasonable standard (after 8 game ban).

      Here are the games he has played:
      2007 – 4
      2008 – 4
      2009 – 2
      2010 – 14
      2011 – 3

      Connors has been in the system 5 years and achieved sfa.

      Batchelor in his 1st year has played 16 games.

      The Tigers defensive stocks where decimated in 2011 and Connors could not force his way into the side.

      Connors in 2010 may have racked up the possessions how ever his disposal efficiency was poor resulting in turnovers in the defence.

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      January 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Straight from the prospectus, Connors last year had a career-low disposal efficiency of 69% and under no pressure 63%, 2nd lowest at the club.

      Batchelor and Conca are ahead of him by miles down at the club.

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        Fatty McButterpants

        January 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        All good points tigers1980 and emm, but this is how I see it:
        it took a few years for Connors to pull his finger out but we saw what he can do in 2010. I have conca penciled into my team coz dimma has said he’ll play midfield so I guess hes not really relevant in this discussion.
        I love the look of batchelor, but richmond were rebuilding last year. this year, we want to play finals. A stong, fit 23 year old Connors will beat a teenage batchelor any day of the week.
        connors was injured all last year. he can kick long and straight and we need that now that we have good fwd options in vickery, jack and possibly derickx and Griffiths. And with such a skinny and inexperienced backline, I reckon we need need a mongrel like Connors down there, especially with lids playing more midfield and rumors of newman playing more upfield (although i dont know if that will happen coz we’re already blessed with so many good midfielders).
        I could be wrong about him getting games over the kids, but I stand by my statement – if Connors plays round 1, youd be an idiot not to pick him.

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    January 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i agree buuut if heez on the trading table and knows this is his last chance,then maybe he will try to slut it up to get another contract,
    when ya on ya last chance or coming up for a contract renewal ya should!! be desperate,buuut we all know thats not allways the case
    on the wait and see list,,last yr stung

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    January 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Why is this guy even on the Deck???
    Miss the boat on this one Warnie! lift ya game!

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      January 21, 2012 at 4:31 am

      @Bobbo – Warnie’s game is fine – your’s is in trouble!

      Why’s he in the Deck? Because the deck isn’t just Kings & Aces, its Queen & Jack as well.

      For all his issues, which have been suitably stated by Warnie & others, he is in here as a Jack. That means potential. That means there are conditions that have got to be satisfied first. If they’re not, then his DT potential (revealed in his last 10 games in 2010 – far from ‘sfa’ @Tigers1980) will not be enough to see him picked in any of our sides. If the neccesary conditions are satisfied (as the glorious uncertainties of sport repeatedly throw in our faces), then there will be a few red ones here, including yourself.

      Please, give your opinion, but without your criticism. Lift your game.

  16. Warnie


    January 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

    The off-field issues of the pre-season are finally out… (which we suspected due to him not being at training until the new year). This is enough now to put a line through him. It will string though when he does get a game and smash it!

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