The young and improving Kangaroos lineup boasts a number of up-and-coming midfield stars, but none seem to have the ability to gather the footy as frequently and effortlessly as Liam Anthony.
In his rookie year of 2009, he averaged 95 pts per game from his 10 matches – an outstanding output. Following on from this success, Anthony continued this form into the first 7 games of 2010, where he averaged 23 possessions and 82 Supercoach points per match – at a starting price of $505,700. However, his year was brought to an abrupt halt with a season-ending shoulder injury, which explains why his price in the 2011 SC season is considerably lower than might be expected.
Anthony is a hard runner, a tough nut who can win his own ball and make excellent use of it once he gets it – exactly what you want in a SC midfielder. He forms in integral part of a young, exciting midfield that will only get better as they get more matches into them – a scary thought for someone who is already as talented as Anthony.
Is there a risk involved? Of course there is. Anyone coming back from a major injury is a risk, and Anthony is no exception. However, all indications are that he has worked extremely hard over the off-season and has come back fitter than ever. At that price, he is definitely worth considering – expect him to average in the 90s and rise to around $450,000. Not a bad investment at all.
Dave's Good Buy Rating: 4 and ½ Sherrins