Re: The Brodie Kemp Conundrum
Reply #9 –
If you watch the footage of our match simulations, Kemp plays as key defender, and does quite well. He played as a key defender in his 4 games last season and, despite conceding size to his opponents, was an effective defender. The problem is that he isn’t as effective as Weiters and Young.
He has played as a key forward in the VFL and I think that he kicked 3 goals in one game. However, his best footy is played in defence.
I think that his best chance of earning a regular AFL gig is as a third tall defender.
We played 8 defenders in Rd 23, including 4 talls. Kemp won’t displace Young or Weiters but he has the attributes to play the roles filled by McGovern and Marchbank. He’s probably a more complete footballer than both of them if he could recapture the marking ability that made him stand out as a junior.
Kemp is a conundrum; he has shown that he can play at AFL level but he’s 3rd banana in the role the club wants him to play.