Former Hawthorn great Terry Wallace has named the six teams he “doesn’t rate” ahead of the 2019 AFL season.
“I don’t rate the following sides,” Wallace told SEN Afternoons.
“There’s six of them, but it doesn’t mean they’ll finish in the bottom six, I just don’t trust them so I’m not going with them.
“I don’t rate Gold Coast.
“Clearly they’re down and out with senior players.
“I don’t rate (Carlton) yet.
“I think they will be an improving side, but I don’t rate them yet.
“I don’t rate Fremantle, even with he inclusions of the bigger blokes coming in, I’m not sure they can get enough supply to the bigger blokes to make the leap they believe they can.
“I don’t trust St Kilda.
“I don’t think their list is as good as the others. I’m worried about their rucks and some of the key position players.
“I don’t trust the Western Bulldogs, I don’t trust their big blokes. I think their run off half back is very good, but I don’t trust their spine and what they’re going to have in the ruck.
“And I don’t trust Port Adelaide.
“I just think they’re a flaky group and they’ve had a couple of key players leave.
“They’ve got some good kids in, but they’re kids, and I don’t trust Port Adelaide.”
The Brisbane Lions notably escaped Wallace’s list after finishing in the bottom four in 2018 with just five wins.
The inclusions of mature midfielders Lachie Neale and Jarryd Lyons, along with the improvement of their core group of youngsters will have most pundits setting their expectations much higher for the Lions in 2019.
The home and away season kicks off when Carlton take on Richmond at the MCG on Thursday March 21.
The six teams Plough doesn’t rate ahead of 2019 season
- Gold Coast
- St Kilda
- Western Bulldogs
- Port Adelaide