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How can Port get the best out of Jarman Impey?

  • How can Port get the best out of Jarman Impey?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Jarman Impey of the Power runs with the ball away from Christian Salem of the Demons during the round 18 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Port Adelaide Power at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

It was a frustrating day at the MCG last Saturday for Port Adelaide as they went down to the Demons by 23 points.  As is often the case after a loss the mood at the MCG was certainly gloomy among the Port faithful.

One discussion point was the form of Jarman Impey and how he should best be utilised at AFL level. The 22 year old has spent significant time playing forward in 2017 but his statistical output can best be described as modest.

Impey has not kicked a goal in over a month.  In fact he has one goal from his last seven matches.  Combine this with the fact he is getting very little of the ball and Houston we have a problem.

In his first game of the year in round two against Fremantle after serving a one match club suspension Impey was impressive as he gathered 19 disposals. The speedster has not matched this tally since and has had less than 12 disposals in nine matches so far this season.

Ken Hinkley is very strong on players who provide defensive pressure in the forward line and Impey certainly provides that. But you cannot keep picking a player for this reason alone. 

The versatility to play all over the ground was a key reason the Power initially drafted the Victorian who initially played the bulk of his football in the defensive half. 

His defensive job on Hayden Ballantyne was rewarded with a Rising Star nomination in his first year at AFL level but he has since played in a variety of roles predominately up the ground.

The Power defensive unit has performed well this season so the coaching staff may not wish to alter this currently. Perhaps more time on a wing will give Impey the opportunity to be more involved in the play with his ability to carry the ball and break the lines.

Unfortunately for Jarman Impey the raw statistics paint the picture of someone not in form and a spell back in the SANFL is certainly not out of the question. Impey has so many traits that should see him become a damaging AFL player but what position that is still remains a mystery.

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