Recruit of the Year – Round 16

Hmmm, it’s hard being right all the time.

At least that’s what I’ve heard.

Last week, I sat here writing about how Tim Taranto could be caught – all it would take was a bad day at the office, an injury, or a bit of a run from one of the players sitting just behind him. Lo and behold, he had a stinker against the Lions, hacking away at the footy like it was a piece of lumber to produce one of the more ineffective 21-disposal games you’ll ever see.

And those chasing licked their lips.

Here at The Mongrel Punt, I’ve always liked keeping tabs on the recruits throughout the year. I find it is a great way to gauge who is contributing most on a consistent basis, as opposed to seeing someone play once and forming your opinion of them for the year based on that one game.

As such, every week we will be rating the performances of the players wearing new colours on a scale of 1-10 to discover who is playing the best footy most often. It’s The Mongrel’s Recruit of the Year, and it is as close as you are going to get in terms of having an overview of how those big off-season moves are playing out.

Let’s jump into the Top 15 recruits of the year thus far, how they impacted their teams and the structure, and what they could mean going forward.


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