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    Is the "Premiership Window" closing?

    I can hear it creaking shut.
    Discuss.
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    We will need our NEAFL best players to step up and carry the load. We can hope they bring that can do attitude and do their job. Never say never...


    (and the wind is blowing in that direction. Hope is changes soon has entered my mind.)

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    Possibly.....depends on what happens at this seasons end with trading. Our 'out's' are as important as our 'in's'......time for a bit of a clean out of excess cattle and some targeted trading.

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    no...
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    No such thing, as the Tigers and Bulldogs have recently shown us.

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    Don't think so, probably need a bit of a re-tool but that is already in progress

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    It will shut when Buddy starts to slow down, which is a year or two away yet.

    We are a 3-6th side, we just need a good run with injuries and form to snatch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    It will shut when Buddy starts to slow down, which is a year or two away yet.

    We are a 3-6th side, we just need a good run with injuries and form to snatch it.
    Admire your optimism Barry. Hope you're right. Wouldn't it be great if we played a non Vic team in GF like Port Adelaide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood Fever View Post
    Admire your optimism Barry. Hope you're right. Wouldn't it be great if we played a non Vic team in GF like Port Adelaide?
    Not overly optimistic to say youre a 3-6 side when you are sitting 5th, and was 3rd 2 weeks ago.

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    I think we are likely baked for this year - though plenty of time to go yet. Too many critical injuries mounting up and will make it difficult.

    I remain very optimistic though of the near to medium future. While we have stalwarts on the way out at one end of the spectrum, we are collecting a fantastic wedge of Cygnets to replenish our list and take us forward for the next charge.

    The development of the forward line post-Buddy is well underway, some midfield options are coming through, and a reasonable spine defensively is starting to take shape. It'll take some further good hits from the draft, and perhaps some canny trading over the next couple of seasons, but I can't see us bottoming out any further than the bottom of the 8 (Assuming we make finals this year - which in theory is not a given given our injury toll) over the next season or 2. Our ongoing regeneration keeps plugging away in the background while the AFL media gets fixated on 'LLLLLOOOOOYYYYYDDDDD' and 'Buddy' and whatever else takes their short attention spans for interest at any particular time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood Fever View Post
    Admire your optimism Barry. Hope you're right. Wouldn't it be great if we played a non Vic team in GF like Port Adelaide?
    Playing Brisbane would give us a better chance

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    Think we've been rebuilding on the run for a couple of years now. We should appreciate how consistent the Swans have been given the turnover that's happened. A lot of young talent coming through, but a number of players falling off a cliff ahead of schedule. Hanners in particular.
    Right now we have issues:

    Our midfield has gone from a strength to a weakness.
    Forward line is a huge problem in the absence of Reid, we are playing the youngest player in the AFL as our 2nd tall.
    And the ruck is one injury from disaster.

    I don't think we are a chance this year given the injuries to Reid, Melican and McVeigh. Upside is that this creates yet more opportunity for younger players.
    Feel like the Swans need to be much more active in the trade this year. Plus it would be great if Blakey doesn't take all of our draft picks this year.

    Going to be an interesting October. I don't think the window is closed, but when you compare us to Richmond, there is some ground to make up in both personnel and gameplan

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