Welch is definitely in our best 17 if fit... I still believe and have for a couple of years, when Cam goes, Jesse is the logical next choice as captain, but age dependent, Welch will be a future captain. He's Kearns like in his workrate and no frills approach
Welch is a work in progress and the injury was poor timing as 2017 would have been a development year/big learning curve... His tackling effectiveness needs improvement, as does his work rate when out on the field but was coming along nicely. I wasn't impressed when he first came into first grade but he was definitely growing on me the more he played.
Before injury, Welch's offloading had become almost an art-form. Hit the line, turn sideways, sneaky underarm offload to Cam = dangerous second phase play.
Brodie Croft comes into the halves. Interesting. I wonder if he will actually play. I would love for him to get the chance to play a game beside Cronk before he leaves, just so he can get that experience
I'm happy with that. Hughes has been sensational in his opportunities this year (albeit in a different position). Hopefully he doesn't overplay his hand, concentrates on running first and has a blinder... again.