Ins: Andrejs Everitt from Sydney, Sam Docherty from Brisbane, Dale Thomas from Collingwood.
Outs: Shaun Hampson to Richmond, Eddie Betts to Adelaide, Jeremy Laidler to Sydney. Nick Duigan (retired).
2013 Record – 9th on ladder – 44 points – 11 wins, 11 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Positive: 4th in hitouts, 3rd in opponent handballs.
Negative: 18th in handballs, 16th in disposals, 16th in marks.
It’s hard to see even the wily old weasel Mick Malthouse in his 2nd season and the arrival of Dale Thomas from Collingwood providing the necessary improvement for the Blues to challenge for a 17th Premiership Flag.
Key stat rankings of 18th in handballs, 16th in disposals and 16th in marks in 2013 tell the story of a team that despite the public perception that they underperformed actually over achieved with those sorts of numbers.
Bryce Gibbs could be on his way out, and if rumours are correct could further strengthen the Crows’ midfield – juicy odds of $6.75 are available for the Crows to make the top 4 remember – while Marc Murphy’s and Chris Judd’s average disposals for the last 3 seasons read a worryingly regressive 29.1, 26.2 and 22.3 and 26.4, 25.1 and 22.6 respectively.
They’ll miss Eddie Betts more than they think. Dale Thomas will be injured most of the season. They bring dreadful stats from 2013. Not to make the 8 is $1.65 with SPORTSBET