Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Fatigue Likely to Spark Player Merry-Go-Round

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Fatigue Likely to Spark Player Merry-Go-Round

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AFL: Brisbane list manager Peter Schwab has conceded star Pearce Hanley is likely suffering from "a bit of losers' fatigue".

It, in turn, has led to the contracted onballer exploring his options during the trade period, which starts today.

And who could really blame him?

The Irishman will be 28 by the time the next season kicks off, and has so far enjoyed only 38 wins from his 129 games with the Lions -- a strike-rate of just 29.4%.

The club has recorded only seven wins in its past 46 matches while finishing second-last the past two seasons.

While new coach Chris Fagan brings hope to the embattled club, the damage may already be done for Hanley -- who may be headed down the road to Carrara -- not to mention skipper Tom Rockliff, who has played in 41 wins from 134 games (30.6%).

For players who have featured in 100 matches or more, their losing rates trail Jack Grimes (22-2-76 at 23%) and Stef Martin (27-1-86 at 24.1%), but you can understand their frustration.

As we'll discover over the next two weeks during the annual meat market, they won't be the only players suffering some form of fatigue.


Bryce Gibbs, 27, has been a loyal servant at Carlton but, though unlikely, could be part of a premiership push back home in Adelaide after playing five finals in 10 years.

Brett Deledio, 29, may not want to be a part of another rebuild at Richmond, where he's played in three losing finals among 243 games.


Travis Cloke was confined to seven games with the Magpies' reserves, and now the 29-year-old 246-gamer wants a move to premiership-winner the Western Bulldogs.

Backman Lynden Dunn signed a new three-year deal with Melbourne 12 months ago, but spent more time with the Casey Scorpions (14 games). Could be headed to Brisbane.

Aaron Black seems destined to end up at Fremantle after he played just three senior games for North since 2014.


James Stewart is far too good to be playing 18

games for the Giants reserves. …

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