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Topical Tuesday: Brian Lake at Hawthorn

The big Trade Period story of yesterday was Brian Lake going to the Hawks. It was an interesting trade but we don’t really care about the draft picks (yet), we are thinking about what this means for one of the most natural DT defenders in 2013 and the blokes around him. Have your say in the comments!

Does Brian Lake’s move to Hawthorn make him an option in 2013?

The artist formally known as Brian Harris is probably on a few ‘Never Again’ lists after a rollercoaster season, but the move to the Hawks could mean a new lease of life for the defender. He definitely has DT game about him. Lake had 7 games with scores over 90 this year from his 20 games and back in 2010, he averaged a touch under 100 points per game… awesome for a defender.

The move to the Hawks suits his game. Lakey loves the cheap ball. If Gibson and Shoenmakers are the key defenders, then Lake can play the third tall and rack up plenty of the ball. I am slightly worried about his age. Lake will turn 31 at the start of the season and his body is showing some wear and tear.

I think if you’re going to be picking him you’ve gotta think he is going to be a keeper… so averaging 85+ in my eyes. This would mean he is a bargain after averaging 76 this season.

It’ll be a big pre-season watch for role for me, not written off… but I’m not overly confident at this stage.

Who will benefit from Lake at the Hawks?

I’m not too sure at all. Like I said, it will be a massive pre-season watch. What role will Lake play and what other personnel come into the Hawks and who goes. What does a best 22 look like? My first thought was that Birchall will love it a lot. He can be his partner in crime… just like Shaggy Hargrave was at the Dogs when they were in their DT slutting prime. Maybe Gibson gets freed up a little? Hmm. Not sure.

Very tough question, so I’d like to hear your thoughts.

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