Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page: I love the Giants. I always have. Yes, my adoration (and slight crush) on Jeremy Cameron may have been the primary cause for this but I really do love the club. So much so that I’d probably consider them my team more than the Swans, now (the Swans ruined our relationship when they got Buddy, but that’s another story).
For the past few years, I heard one comparison over and over about why Gold Coast was better: they had Gary Ablett. Yes, the man is miraculous and I do not have a bad word to say about him (although it does suck that the poor thing is constantly injured). The argument was that Gold Coast do better because they had a mentor in Ablett. Ablett is an experienced player who could “coach” younger players into what it would be like on the field, how to work together, how to behave off the field (although I think the massive drug use going on that club shows that maybe he wasn’t exactly dominating that that aspect of mentoring), and so on. Most people seemed to think that GWS should have spent some dolla dolla bills and gotten themselves an Ablett and that by getting Izzy instead, they failed their players.
That was the argument: having an experienced player taught the Gold Coast kiddies things that GWS couldn’t learn.
Well known fact: every clubs has gaps. (not as well known: this is a short post. How lucky are you?)
Even if you have a great team, there’s ALWAYS something that can be improved upon. If you’re starting from scratch, you want to have your talent even distributed around the field. You don’t want to have a great midfield at the expense of your back line. You don’t want a great ruck men and no good kicks up front. Keep it even, folks, keep it even (in this case, the best defence is NOT a good offense).
A good starting point? Three great mid-fielders, 2 great forwards, 2 great defenders and 1 fabulous ruckmen.
You were promised a long post, were you not? Serves you right for having such a short one last time. Full disclosure: this post isn’t that long.
As every club has a salary cap and money is limited (when is money NOT limited?) knowing where you’re spending your money and figuring out how to get more is always important.
Take a look, first, at your current list and their salaries (and while you’re at it, can you make these salaries public because I’m sick of not knowing). Get your rankings and priorities from the previous step and compare them. Who are you paying the most? Does it make sense?
You may think that your best players should be getting the most money. While this thought pattern is logical… it’s wrong.
Short post alert! Aren’t you lucky? I know that these have been brutal. But hey – that’s why not everyone has a premiership club!
After a club ranks/scores their players, they need to prioritise. In general, the ones should trump twos, threes should trump fives, 4As should trump 4Bs. But there is a grey area: your next premiership. Know that you know what life cycle stage your club is at, you’ll easily be able to tell how long it might be until you’re in a position to win a grand final.
Take a look at your list a figure out who is going to be around for your next grand final. There are a few ways to decide if they’ll be around: age, injuries and contract length.
Yes, yes, we sort of did this in step one. But now… we do it FOR REAL.
Get a list of players and rank them on everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING. And give each player a number rating.
Before you build a premiership club, you need to know your club as it currently is. So in this step, you need to understand the difference between your short, medium and long term goals and make sure you have the right people to fight for every aspect of each of them.
Call it a mission statement, a vision, a driving force… you need to identify it and you need people who are going to fight for it. While some clubs may have similar goals (for instance, every clubs goal is to win games, win premierships and make dolla dolla bills, y’all), the time restraints for these goals and how they will be accomplished for each. For instance, the goal of ‘win a premiership’ might be a short term goal for Hawthorn, a medium term goal for North Melbourne and a long term goal for Melbourne. It depends where you’re at in your life cycle.
So first thing: Set some goals. Make it a group thing. Get all the big guns in with you and fight out your priorities. It’s not going to be fun, but it has to happen.
So what do I mean by goals? Here’s a few examples.
The first step in creating our premiership team. How excited are you?
So. Identifying where your club is in its life-cycle. Let’s go.