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Pre-Christmas track burners and other news

The latest news from the pre-season with a Fantasy spin.

Players are back at training and the AFL news cycle doesn’t stop. We’re constantly hearing about who is burning up the track, training the house down, setting PBs and – our personal favourite – which players are going to get more midfield time in the new season. This post will be updated regularly with any tidbits that may or may not be Fantasy relevant as we head towards the Christmas break.

LAST UPDATE: 17 November 2019


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17/11Ned McHenry (back), Andrew McPherson (hamstrings) and Shane McAdam (calf/hamstrings) are on modified programs. [source]

14/11 – A half-back role could be on offer for Bryce Gibbs in 2020. New coach Matthew Nicks says that they need to play him in a role that will allow Gibbs to play his best footy. “Whether that was in and around the footy as much as we could get him in there, but he also knows that a half-back position is somewhere that may suit him where he’s actually at with his game at the moment. He’s a super player. It’s a matter of us helping him in that space and where he can play his best footy. I have no doubt he will have a strong season for us.” Gibbs’ scoring has been mixed when playing in the backline. A bit will need to be seen for the 30-year-old who will be priced at 81, the lowest since his debut season. [source]

13/11Billy Frampton believes he has the tools to be a regular AFL player for the Crows. The 23-year-old will be priced like a high-end rookie but has averaged more than 80 across the last three years in the SANFL.  [source]

13/11 –  Taylor Walker is eyeing a move to the wing ala Matthew Richardson. This role saw Richo produce his best Fantasy numbers… however, Tex’s numbers to date are a long way from Richo’s.  [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Marcus Adams has a cleanout of his knee and was the only Lion to require post-season surgery. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 18 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

13/11Sam Docherty‘s program is set for him to return in round one. He has spent time in the US and is a lot leaner than last year. “I probably won’t train fully until mid-January, but I’ll be in and out of certain things from day one. We’re taking as much risk out as we can before I need to put my body and knee at risk before playing practice games and getting ready for the season.” [source]

4/11Sam Docherty is fit and easing back into training but will ramp up his contact towards Christmas. [source]

1/11Jack Newnes signed with Carlton as a delisted free agent. Newnes will be priced at under 70 and worth a look in 2020 following averages of 82, 85, 88, 88 between 2014-17 if he retains FWD status. The 26-year-old has missed just two games since 2014. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Levi Greenwood had his ACL repaired in preliminary final week, while Tim Broomhead had the rod in his healed leg removed lat in the season. Jordan De Goey should be right to train fully after his hamstring injury as should Mason Cox who was given the all-clear to begin light contact work in September after tearing the retina in his left eye. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 18 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

17/11Orazio Fantasia won’t join main training until January after post-season hip surgery. [source]

14/11Sam Draper made his return to the training track as he recovers from an ACL. Don’t expect him to be an option early in the season as he expects to just play a half of footy come round one. [source]

13/11 Tom Cutler is set to play a wing/half-back role. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 11 November, full squad Monday 25 November.

17/11Nat Fyfe (shoulder) will be kept out of contact drills until after Christmas. Alex Pearce (ankle) and Jesse Hogan (foot) are on modified programs are are a chance to play in the season opener. Matt Taberner (foot) is in the rehab group. [source]

11/11Adam Cerra has added six kilograms since being drafted in 2017. “I’ll be training with the midfield (group) to have a crack at earning a role playing there next year”. [source]

4/11Andrew Brayshaw said that he put on weight in order to push into Fremantle’s midfield this year. “Inside mid is my goal, I’d like to be starting in there. Touch wood with no injuries, hopefully me and Adam Cerra can be in there. I’ve put on a bit of weight. I’m about 85kg and I was 80kg when I first started. Physically I think I can work inside with the big boys.” [source]

4/11Jesse Hogan won’t return to training with the Dockers until at least after the Christmas break. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

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TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Tuesday 19 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

4/11Josh Schoenfeld won the two-kilometre time trail on day one, followed by Jacob Dawson, Jesse Joyce, Jack Bowes, Connor Budarick, Charlie Ballard and Ben Ainsworth. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Stephen Coniglio (knee) should return to training after narrowly missing the GF. Callan Ward (ACL) resumed running as the 2019 season drew to a close. Matt Flynn (ACL) did his knee in jury, but is already back training doing gym work and running on the Alter-G treadmill. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 18 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

11/11James Worpel says that he “Might have to spend a bit more time forward with Tommy (Mitchell) coming back”. Maybe he’ll play enough forward to regain FWD status. Worpel’s 96.7 average from this year is probably a little high to be considering in Classic while Draft coaches are going to have to monitor his pre-season to see whether he’ll have enough forward time to gain FWD status again… however, will that negatively affect his scoring too much? [source]

10/11Tom Mitchell says he is no certainty to play in round one. “I’d love to play Round 1 and that’s what I’m hopeful of doing. But I know better than anyone … anything can happen.” The 26-year-old isn’t into full training as yet after breaking his leg in January. “The next step will be to incorporate more agility into my program, touching the footy more, kicking more and getting into training drills more. When you’re out for so long it’s quite difficult at times. But I feel quite motivated now after such an extended break and hopefully that can help me attack this pre-season.” [source]

8/11Michael Hartley has been delisted by the Bombers and is set to join the Hawks. While he isn’t a Fantasy option, it is another positive for those keen on James Sicily with the addition of Sam Frost. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Sam Weideman will have a delayed start to the pre-season after having a hop cleanout. [source]

13/11Brayden Preuss has trimmed down, dropping 9kg. [source]

4/11Harley Bennell has been invited to train with the Demons during the pre-season. He will begin training in December and is eligible t play in practice and pre-season games. Bennell can then be selected in the supplementary selection period. The former Docker and Sun is likely to be priced at around 30 (approx. $220k) after showing a lot of Fantasy game about him in his time at the Suns averaging 84.9, 85.4, 85.4 and 92 between 2012 and 2015. [source]

3/11 – The Demons are keen on Sam Murray who will be eligible to play from February 17 following his drug ban. He can start training with an AFL club from November 17. Murray will attract a 30% discount on his 2018 average of 74.3 which would price the defender at 52. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Ben Jacobs has missed 69 of the past 82 games with a mystery illness will be put on a modified program, although he appears to be tracking OK. Will Walker (knee) will start on a modified program while Kyron Hayden (Achilles) will miss the first chunk of the 2020 season. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 December.

17/11 – Post-season shoulder surgery for Travis Boak, Tom Rockliff and Zak Butters will see modified programs for the trio with Rockliff’s the worst. He underwent a third left shoulder reconstruction — a complex procedure called Latarjet-Bristow where a piece of bone was taken from one part of his shoulder and attached to the front of his shoulder socket – and will be kept in cotton wool until the new year. Hamish Hartlett had a knee arthroscopy and won’t be training properly until the new year. [source]

11/11Wylie Buzza likely to be back up to Charlie Dixon, but thinks they can complement each other. “I’m happy to play a supporting role to Charlie if that’s what the team needs, I think what Charlie brings is when he’s at his best, he’s one of the best key forwards (in the competition), so it’d be great to learn off him.” [source]

8/11Dan Houston said that in his exit meeting, the message was “to build the fitness back up so I can play in the midfield again (in 2020)”. The 22-year-old scored 104, 123, 103, 97 and 89 in the last five rounds playing as a pure midfielder and will be priced at 80.3 next year. [source]

4/11Conor Rozee is keen to move into the midfield. “Hopefully as the year progresses I can push into the midfield a little bit more,” Rozee told reporters on Monday. “Endurance is probably the main thing I want to improve, especially if I’m looking to move into the midfield. Hopefully keep building that and maybe put on a few more kilos as well will help me move into the midfield.” Rozee played all 22 games for an average of 72.5 (avg. 15d, 3m, 4t while kicking 29 for the season). [source]

1/11Wylie Buzza has signed with the Power as a delisted free agent. The former Cat averaged 81, 71, 71 over the last three seasons in the VFL and is likely to have FWD status and priced under $200k. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Alex Rance (knee) had an arthroscope on the right knee that ruined his 2019 season which will keep him off his legs for about 10 days, although he won’t miss more than a few days of pre-season. Toby Nankervis (groin) had post-season surgery and will have to see how his body responds in January as to whether he is good to go in round one. The ruckman is expected to have the slowest start to the pre-season. Jack Graham and Shai Bolton had shoulder reconstructions and will join contest work after the Christmas break. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 18 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

17/11Dan Hannebery (broken foot) will miss the first few weeks of pre-season. Nick Coffield (shoulder) will avoid contact work until after Christmas. Paddy McCartin (concussion) is off the list. Max King and Jack Bytel who didn’t play a senior game due to injury last year are humming and expected to play early in 2020. [source]

8/11 – Brett Ratten told SportsDay that Zac Jones can “play around the square, so whether he plays inside mid, outside, forward or even at halfback – it’s a great advantage for us”.  [source]

7/11Rowan Marshall is “stoked” to be working with Paddy Ryder next year. Marshall is happy to go forward as he shares ruck time with Ryder. After averaging 99.2 this year and ranking as the fourth best ruckman this year, Marshall’s stocks are set to plummet however we may see him gain FWD status at some point of 2020. [source]

6/11Dougal Howard will play in defence. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

17/11Callum Sinclair had his shoulder reconstructed in the off-season after dislocating it twice and is expected to be eased back into training as is Sam Reid and Luke Parker who both had procedures done on their knees. [source]

4/11Lance Franklin was training on day one, ahead of schedule, participating in some light training. Jordan Dawson won the two-kilometre time trail [source]

1/11Sam Gray and Kaiden Brand have signed with the Swans as delisted free agents. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 4 November, full squad Monday 18 November.

Stay tuned for news.

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 18 November, full squad Monday 2 December.

17/11Tom Liberatore (knee) will be in full training after Christmas while Mitch Wallis (stress fracture in ankle) will be on a modified program. Lachie Hunter had a shoulder reconstruction. [source]

11/11Aaron Naughton will return to full training after Christmas. [source]

TRAINING: First-to-fourth-year return Monday 7 November, full squad Monday 18 November.


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