Jake Stringer played his best game in Essendon colours with a four goal haul against Port Adelaide at Etihad stadium on Sunday.
The Bombers were in the media spotlight after an indifferent start to the season. But they responded brilliantly downing the ladder leading Power by 22 points.
The four goal haul from Stringer was his biggest bag of goals since round ten last season.
A point to prove
Things did not finish well for the 23 year-old at the Kennel. And a fresh start elsewhere always appeared to be the best thing for player and club.
Jake Stringer eventually joined the Bombers from the Western Bulldogs in last year’s trade period in exchange for pick 25 and 30. The forward joined Essendon with an impressive CV despite some of the baggage that accompanied his recruitment.
A premiership player, All-Australian and three time leading goal-kicker at the Dogs since being drafted with pick five in the 2012 draft is nothing to sneeze at. But after 89 games time was up at the Bulldogs.
Often new recruits need some time to gel at new club. But patience is not always a virtue fans and pundits possess.
While it was a slow start in the pre-season, the man nicknamed ‘the package’ certainly came in for plenty of criticism. Not only for on-field performance. His choice of tattoos and hairstyle seemed to be just as much an issue for some.
After only two games into the season, Mark Robinson did not hold back in his views on the high profile recruit.
“He’s a bust, I think he’s going to be a bust.”
Things can change quickly in the world of football. And Robinson this week praised the new Bomber after his scoreboard impact against the disappointing Power.
A sign of things to come for Jake Stringer
While his new recruit was copping it from all and sundry only a week ago, John Worsfold went into bat for his player.
“I think Jake is going ok. We are really pleased with his attitude and how he is embracing learning the way we want him to play in his role.”
While it is only one game, it might just be the springboard for Jake Stringer to get back to his best. If so, the controversial trade may end up being one of the 2017 trade bargains.