1st Grade Fringe
- May 14, 2012
Think you nailed it giz.A couple of things, in the early years where was the Coaching to develop him into a more complete player. Secondly his team mates, with the exception of Mannering didnt give him the platfirm and support so he could develop. We are products of our environment and to me it is credit to him he achieved what he has.
The largely overlooked fact when he came to grade he had about 5 coaches in his first 6 seasons. As well as not only trying to learn the game, that's 5 different philosiphies to try and buy into (i cant remember any other young half coming into grade having to contend with that)....i have no doubt this hindered especially his game management development.
Also consider the stable Cleary enviroment he entered first grade in 2011, with a senior halves partner in Maloney.....experience galore across the board.
Then from the next season onwards the Warriors brains trust going full retard, letting Cleary go, releasing over 700 games worth of first grade experience after getting sucked into the success of our u/20s and the mistaken belief that would automatically translate, allowing the "red bull" culture to infect standards (something Shaun himself tried to right but promptly got shut down for sticking his head out), revolving coaching door.......absolutely this all not only affected his consistency and development but the entire Warriors outfit which only just now, we might be seeing signs of it coming right.