This season, four AFL teams have new coaches – Adam Kingsley at GWS, Brad Scott at Essendon, Ross Lyon at St Kilda, and Alastair Clarkson at North Melbourne.
On the Real Footy podcast this week, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall, and Caroline Wilson discuss which of these senior coaches is best placed to lift their team quickly and which is in the best position in the longer term.
They also delve into whose list is more promising and why. In addition, they analyze which coach has an additional big task on their plate, apart from building their club back up on-field.
Looking ahead to round one, the podcast previews the most anticipated moments out of the upcoming matches.
Carlton and Richmond kick off the season with a blockbuster match at a packed MCG, where Richmond will debut Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper, while Carlton could give AFL debuts to some highly rated draftees.
On Friday night, the Pies and Cats meet again after a closely fought qualifying final in 2022.
The podcast discusses whether Geelong will be a juggernaut this year, how Dan McStay will perform on the big Collingwood stage after being brought in on a big contract, and what Nick Daicos’ second season will look like after an impressive debut in 2022.
The podcast also debates how Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy will fare playing together for Melbourne and whether their game with the Bulldogs could be the match of the round.
They also discuss whether the Suns need to play finals for their year to be a success.
Finally, the podcast touches on topics such as Tom De Koning’s future with the Blues, hope for the injury-hit Saints, and whether the days of the 100-goal forward are over.