Ben Griffiths was once the Tigers greatest hope up forward when he was first drafted.
Back in 2010 when Griffiths made his debut, many believed that he could be the next Mathew Richardson. However, due to a number of injuries and form issues, that never happened.
Earlier this year, Griffiths was believed to be on the cusp of reaching his potential, with signs of the superstar he could be being evident last year with a 3-goal haul against Essendon and 6-goals against Sydney.
In addition, the side was calling out for a tall forward at the start of the season with Ty Vickery’s departure and a spare ruckman due to Shaun Hampson’s injury.
However, Griffiths didn’t deliver, playing a mere two games and spending most of his time in the VFL after his concussion in round 2.
I understand that the concussion was serious, however, his form prior to it was unimpressive and afterward was even worse, with him missing the premiership victory over Adelaide.
At seasons end I believed that it could have been Griffith’s last season but somehow he was retained.
Next year Shaun Hampson will return, as well as a number of tall recruits the Tigers made in the 2017 Nation Draft trying to make their debut putting pressure on Griffiths.
If one of those new recruits performs better than Griffiths next season, it will most likely be the 26-year-old’s final year in the AFL system.
After 63 games since 2010, the mature body of Griffiths up forward could be quite useful, however, Griffiths needs to something pretty impressive to slot into this premiership winning team again.
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