Paul Roos, the head coach of Melbourne Demons, is asking his team’s fans to have a little patience with midfielder Jimmy Toumpas. The player was chosen in the NAB AFL Draft by the Demons with the fourth overall pick, but hasn’t earned a spot as a regular in the club’s roster. However, Roos said Toumpas has had a great preseason so far and he could finally be over the inconsistent performances and injuries that have slowed him down up to now. The 21-year-old appeared in just 18 matches in two years while several other players taken after him in the 2012 draft, such as Jake Stringer, Jackson Macrae and Ollie Wines have all established themselves with their respective squads. Fans and punters can back the Demons this season via the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet.
Roos said there was a lot of pressure placed on Toumpas’ shoulders after he was drafted as fans expected him to step right into the lineup and start producing. However, the coach believes some players take time to develop and shouldn’t be thrown in the deep end right away. He believes the weaker clubs sometimes play the youngsters when they’re not ready, but the stronger sides can be more patient with them. The BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet is open for fans of those stronger teams this year as there are several good options to choose from.
“What tends to happen is everyone who gets drafted early goes, ‘Well, hang on that kid’s playing at the Giants or that kid’s playing at the Suns,’ What they don’t realize is, in the formative years of those franchises, is that those kids have to play because they have to field a team, even though they’re not really ready to play AFL football. And then guys like Jimmy, and the people who go before them tend to go, ‘Why aren’t I playing?’”
Toumpas is now in the last year of his contract with the Demons and has impressed Roos so far this preseason. He’s been running well and has been tried in several different positions such as off the half-back flank. Toumpas seems to be healthy this year, but that hasn’t been the case in the past. He didn’t play much in the second half of the season last year due to a case of acute appendicitis and before that he underwent hip surgery.
Roos said he’s expecting more out of Toumpas this campaign and hopes his development and improvement continues. The coach believes both the player and the club will reap the rewards of Toumpas’ improved play this season. Football fans and bettors can back their favourite teams this season via BetEasy their AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet.