Ins: Shaun Hampson from Carlton.
Outs: Robin Nahas to North Melbourne, Matthew White to Port Adelaide, Shane Tuck (retired), Sam Lonergan (retired).
2013 Record – 10th on ladder – 40 point – 15 wins, 7 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Positive: 2nd in kicks, 2nd in marks, 2nd in handballs conceded, 2nd in disposals conceded, 3rd in points conceded.
Negative: 13th in handballs, 14th in hitouts, 18th in tackles.
With the finals hoodoo broken, even if it was only the most fleeting of appearances, the Tigers should be fully focused on making the 8 again.
He of the permanent necklace and perennial front runner in the hotly contested worst hair do in the AFL category, Dustin Martin, rejecting the advances of Essendon to stay at the club was the biggest positive in their off season as he would have been a major loss. His form in the midfield along with that of Trent Cochin, Brett Deledio and the unsung Shaun Grigg will be the key to the Tigers finals chances again.
Jack Riewoldt should score his usual 60 odd goals and with just 6 trips interstate and an easy looking draw they could be looking at the top 4 come the end of the regular season.
They’ve beaten Hawthorn in each of the last two seasons – by 62 points in 2012 and 41 points last year – which indicates what they are capable of at their best.
They are $1.66 at Sportsbet and IASbet to make the 8