Bombers great Matthew Lloyd has unveiled his 10 most under the pump footy people this season on 3AW’s Sportsday on Monday night.
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson headlines the last after surviving a disappointing four-win campaign in 2018. Lloyd believes no person will face more scrutiny in 2019 should the Saints’ struggles continue.
“Alan Richardson — I like him, but that’s a tough first nine rounds and he needs early wins,” he said.
“If he doesn’t, he’ll be nervous.”
Bulldogs son of a gun Tom Liberatore comes in second after struggling through form woes and injuries over the last few seasons. 2019 shapes as a make or break year for the 26-year old only receiving a one-year contract extension from the club in the off-season.
Controversial Port Adelaide forward Jack Watts ranks third on LLoyd’s list after a turbulent off-season that saw the ex-Demon engulfed in a sexting and drug scandal.
The former No.1 draft pick has faced his fare share of critics over the years but will face a chorus of them should he fail to deliver on the field in 2019.
Boom recruits Chad Wingard and Mitch McGovern round out Lloyd’s top five, bringing a hefty weight of expectations to the Hawks and Blues respectively.
Matthew Lloyd’s 10 most under the pump footy people in 2019
1. Alan Richardson (St Kilda)
2. Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs)
3. Jack Watts (Port Adelaide)
4. Chad Wingard (Hawthorn)
5. Mitch McGovern (Carlton)
6. Gary Ablett (Geelong)
7. Joe Daniher (Essendon)
8. Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)
9. Daniel Rich (Brisbane)
10. Taylor Walker (Adelaide)