It's pretty much the role Scott Sorenson does right with some passing right but a bit bigger. The gritty clean up work of a smaller more agile middle forward is his main thing when Hopgood steps up to play first grade. Well we didn't produce Scott Sorenson as a junior. Plenty of guys would have been told they're too small for first grade 10 years ago but aren't now. With the game's changing not every team has adapted. There's probably still players like Sorenson who came through under the slower ruck speed with ability suited to now with the necessary tough mentality to play as a smaller prop floating around.100%.
And have the brains trust identified a younger, cheaper player that can do the role beyond Hopgood in 1/2 years time? I don’t know; I’m not there watching training etc.