It was a late and almost reluctant trade for the Gold Coast, but Lachie Weller found his way to the Suns. List manager Scott Clayton probably saw the writing on the wall that a player requesting to be traded to Gold Coast is a once in a blue moon event, hence why the Suns were willing to throw the kitchen sink at him. Gold Coast parted ways with their prized pick 2 in this year’s draft, receiving Lachie Weller and pick 41 in return.
When the Dockers first said they would only accept a trade involving pick 2 for Weller, many thought they were taking the micky. While Ross Lyon and co. were not impressed when he first asked for a trade to the Suns to be closer to family, they would definitely be satisfied with the deal for the talented 21-year-old.
Young Weller’s SuperCoach value cannot be understated, and I expect him to perform a lot better on the Coast than his brother Maverick. At the Dockers, Weller found himself playing most of his footy as a classy half-back flanker due to the likes of Fyfe, Neale and the emerging Connor Blakely in Fremantle’s midfield. While he fulfilled this role admirably – averaging 71 points per game in 2017 – I expect to see him playing most of his footy in the engine room for the struggling Suns. There is a gaping hole in Gold Coast’s midfield left by Gary Ablett Jnr, so Weller was positioned as a forward only in 2017, but it will be a different story next season. As a result of his role in the Dockers’ defence this year, expect him to be a ‘DEF/MID’ or defender only in 2018, with a starting price around the $350k mark.
On the other side of the ledger, ex-Giant Nathan Wilson should fill the void in defence for the purple haze. He is another who’s SuperCoach relevance should rise in 2018.
Lachie Weller is looming as an extremely attractive 2018 option – and that’s not just me checking out his modelling flicks. The natural progression of rookies suggest he will rise regardless, but I’m forecasting a significant lift in his scoring. He will begin the year as a mid-pricer, and he locked in my 2018 team as a D3-4 at this stage. Lachie Weller showed shades last season of a future prolific scorer, with a five-week purple patch during the middle of the year, averaging 92 points and producing two 110+ totals. The rest of his year was fairly mediocre, but this was more a product of the position he was playing, rather than his ability.
He was taken at pick 13 in 2014 for a reason, and I believe he will become a very popular option by the start of SuperCoach 2018.