Fairfax’s Ultimate Footy has today released the first wave of position changes for the 2017 AFL season. With three games in the bag, a total of 13 players have been granted an additional position in the changes.
Among those changes, and perhaps most notably, Port Adelaide midfielder Robbie Gray, gained forward status. Gray’s 2017 campaign thus far has been inconsistent, largely due to significant portions of his game time spent deep inside fifty, which has been rectified in the changes.
Perhaps more surprisingly, Ultimate Footy said they were willing to take a less conservative approach to position changes given the large amounts of feedback they have received across the past year. A poll in 2016 conducted by the website revealed coaches were willing to conform to a strict interpretation of the position change guidelines.
In regards to secondary ruckmen, such as Jack Watts and Peter Wright, Ultimate Footy will relax in Round 6, meaning there could potentially be more ruckmen added to the game in three weeks’ time.
The full list of players to gain a position in Ultimate Footy following Round 3 changes are as follows:
Shaun Higgins NM – F Added C
Robbie Gray PA – C Added F
Jacob Weitering CA – B Added F
Jake Melksham ME – C Added B
Curtly Hampton AD – B Added C
Harry Taylor GE – B Added F
Reece Conca RI – C Added B
Zak Jones SY – B Added C
Jason Castagna RI – B Added F
Zaine Cordy WB – F Added B
Wayne Milera AD – F Added C
Anthony McDonald-Tipunwuti ES – F Added B
Daniel Houston PA – F Added B
Note if your league uses restricted free agents, these players have been made restricted free agents for a one day period if they are not currently on a team roster.
For further explination from Ultimate Footy, see HERE.
OR, for Footy Prophet’s take, see HERE.