Every true Super Coach knows that picking the right rookies is the key to success. Nailing the rookies is a sure fire way to catapult yourself in the overall ranking and setting yourself up for league victory! However, it's not exclusively fresh faced 18 year olds coming into the system anymore, mature age recruits are well and truly in vogue.
In this series of articles, I aim to give you a bit of an insight and profile into potential mature age recruits worthy of selection for our 2019 SuperCoach teams!
The focus of the fourth edition of Smitty’s Mature Age Recruits is St.Kilda speedster Nick Hind.
At age 24, Hind was recruited from Essendon VFL with pick 54 in the National Draft. He credits his success to the staff at Essendon for giving him a licence to show his flexibility in a variety of positions. He admits to having to reinvent himself to attract recruiters and states on the Saints website that he’d been working on his midfield craft and two way running after spending the season prior playing primarily at half back.
Statistically, his season was admirable. He averaged 23 disposals at a disposal efficiency rate of 66%, 4 marks, 2.5 tackles, 3 clearances and 5 inside 50’s. He went at a very healthy average of 83.7 ranking points per game. Post the bye that Essendon had in Round 11, he flew home having 25+ disposals in 6 out of the last 9 games and an average of 90.4 ranking points. He only scored 100+ points 4 times, but he was super consistent scoring between 70-100 in 10 of the other 13 games. He had a low score of 41 (round 2) and a high score of 113 (round 13).
As a result of his breakout season, he finished second in Essendon’s Best and Fairest during a season in which they lost a preliminary final by 8 points. In addition, he was also named on the wing in the VFL Team of the Year.
In conclusion, Nick Hind himself has said that he feels best suited to a half back role but definitely feels capable of learning an outside wing/ high half forward role. With the Saints strongly tipped to finish in the bottom 4, and only a handful of players having a cemented spot, a player like Hind might be given the opportunity to flourish given the fact that the Saints made a conscious effort to draft ready made players (they’ve earmarked him on their website as “one to watch”). I’m not as confident as I was last week with Brett Bewley to tell you to lock it in, but follow his pre-season form and if named round 1,jump on.