Not all the players who have had their careers forever changed by the Essendon supplement saga, have managed to bounce back, with Stewart Crameri being one of the unlucky ones.
However, I believe that Crameri may not be at the end of his career just yet, with him still potentially being a valuable member of many AFL teams.
The 29-year-old forward is still out of contract after playing only the opening two games this season after succumbing to injury. Prior to that, Crameri missed the Western Bulldogs premiership after being suspended for 12 months, due to the saga with his old club.
The forward who can play both as a lead-up and crumbing role, should, in reality, be amongst the Dogs best 22, however; his side has had a disappointing season and he has barely played in two years.
Before the issues, Crameri was a 35-45 a goal a year player, although, now he might be looking at never playing again, as the Dogs assess their list. Crameri’s return in round 1 this season was reasonable and he has also played three solid VFL games after that.
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has said that the club may still offer the forward another deal, however, it depends on the outcome of other contracts.
If the Dogs do decide to part ways with Crameri, a team such as Greater Western Sydney should make a serious play for the consistent goal-kicker.
Why GWS? Well, it’s because when the 2017 AFL season does come to a close, the club may want to add another experienced goal-kicking star to their line up, especially with Steve Johnson retiring.
If not GWS then there are many top-8 sides or teams who want to take that next step and make be part of the finals in 2018, who could use another proven goal-kicker.
Hopefully, Essendon has not ruined the career of Stewart Crameri and the forward is playing AFL next year, which he still is more than capable of doing.
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