Impact on the new club:
During the Trade period, Geelong had the most significant single-player loss with the moving of Tim Kelly to West Coast. No one player move has offset this loss for the cats, but rather a combination of players traded in, and incoming draft picks should help minimize the impact.
The loss of Tim Kelly is significant, but the addition of Steven plus the development of a raft of youngsters should help. Brandon Parfitt, Quinton Narkle, Charlie Constable and Nakia Cockatoo all will be required to step up for the Cats.
At his peak, Jack Steven is a running machine who possess the ability to break the lines. Jack ranks elite in the AFL for his clearance work; meters gained and inside ’50s. If he can get himself physically and mentally back towards his best, then his addition will be a huge step forward in the Cats premiership aspirations.
Impact on the old club:
For multiple years Jack Steven was the leader and it many cases loan hand in the St Kilda midfield. However, after a bunch of inclusions during the trade period, the club is looking to rejig the midfield makeup under Brett Ratten.
Jack Steele, Seb Ross, Dan Hannebery and the recently recruited Brad Hill will be the experienced leaders in the midfield. Jack Billings started to fulfil his potential on the wing. We saw the emergence of Hunter Clark while Zak Jones will play a role. The Saints have a plethora of small forwards who are capable of running through the midfield and adding some dash and XFactor.
It lacks a star ball winner, but it’s not a bad midfield that will service Max King & co nicely.
If you’ve played any format of fantasy footy for multiple seasons, you’ll be fully aware of the scoring potential he owns. Before this season where he battled his mental health his AFLFantasy/DreamTeam averages have been 96, 93, 104 and 111. While for SuperCoach he was going at 94, 90, 102 and 103 and only missed two games during those four seasons.
However, three vital determining factors will impact just how many select him. Firstly, with him playing only seven games will the formats award him a discount for games missed due to battling with his mental health? Secondly, can he get back to full health and fitness? One of Jack’s key weapons is his elite endurance and aerobic capacity. Something we failed to see much during the season.
Finally, does he gain forward eligibility? In his three games, he played almost exclusively forward including one where he kicked three goals.
If the answer is yes to all those, then he could be a highly popular starting squad option.