By way of a bit of light relief over the Christmas period, I’ve asked readers of the blog over the last couple of seasons to vote for the player they felt was Coventry’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ or MVP, as the Americans call it.
With little else happening rugby-wise over the festive break, in previous season’s it’s a talking point on the blog, if nowhere else.
After a week of voting, last season James Stokes ended up as the readers’ choice and he received a modest trophy to celebrate his success.
The season before it was Jacques Le Roux and it clearly meant enough to Jacques for him to include it in his YouTube ‘best of’ clips, mentioning the MVP award as part of his profile.
Rumour has it, it was what persuaded Moseley to offer him a contract the following season.
If that is true, then I am so, so sorry, Jacques…
The poll has proved a great success over the last couple of seasons and with an even stronger squad this season, the final outcome is even harder to predict this year than previously.
It’s not meant as anything other than a bit of fun and, hopefully, won’t be seen as anything other than that.
The Most Valuable Player Poll simply requires readers to consider who they believe are the players (up to four) who are most ‘valuable’ to the present and/or future success of the club. They’re not necessarily going to be the biggest points scorers, nor the most charismatic players in the team and value doesn’t necessarily equate to what a player might be worth financially were there a transfer system based purely on monetary worth.
In fact, it might very well be those players who go unnoticed for much of the game but actually do the hard graft to provide other players with the platform they need to show off their skills who are the very ones who get most recognition in this poll from the voting supporters.
You have up to 4 votes…please just tick against the appropriate name(s). You don’t have to use all 4, but by using them you open the vote up to more players which adds a lot more interest and probably gives a more accurate result.
The players will appear in the poll in a random order, not one that I’ve come up with. If the software works, you should only be allowed to have just one set of 4 votes and once you’ve voted you won’t be able to re-vote on a different day or through a different post using the same device, although you can vote multiple times using different devices should you so wish.
That’s the theory anyway.
If you’re struggling to reach a decision, it might help to think of it this way:
Ten years from now, who will be the first player from this season that pops into your head?
If as a Cov supporter you were forced to pick a Cov side and your house depended on the outcome of the game, who would be the first player(s) picked?
If there was an open transfer market, which player(s) in the present squad would command the most value?
Players selected might still be relatively young but their potential is obvious or in the twilight of their careers but still have the ability to influence a game, or even a season.
Or somewhere in the middle.
Your choices, your decisions…but, remember, you only have up to four selections.
The winner at the end of the week is the player with the most votes.
If everyone who reads the daily posts votes, it will be fine. If no one votes, then it obviously won’t work! Please make it happen.
I’m sure there will be a few surprises in the final reckoning, but please do vote on the basis of a player’s wotrh to the club and not their character or personality.
Voting ends on Christmas Eve. I’ll repeat the poll at the end of any future posts before then to give everyone the opportunity to cast their vote.
During the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Christmas Day, I’ll publish in order, from the 12th place up, the players who have amassed the most votes, culminating in the choice of Coventry’s MPV on the 12th and final day, provided that is, enough of you take the trouble to vote.
If you follow the blog via Twitter, please feel free to re-tweet it to widen the coverage.
I’ve included in the poll everyone at the club who has made at least one first team appearance this season, even where a player is officially a member of the Development Squad. I haven’t included those who are dual registered for obvious reasons.
Players who are injured, the likes of Heath Stevens and Tom Poole for instance, are also included as although they might not have been involved this season a great deal, if at all, they still have a value to the club, whether it be in the short, medium or long-term.
Purely out of interest, I’ve added the results from the last two seasons below – please remember, Day 12 is the top-ranking position!
MVP – 2016 MVP – 2015
Day 12 James Stokes Jacques Le Roux
Day 11 Brendon Snyman Rob Knox
Day 10 Darrel Dyer George Oliver
Day 9 Pete White Dan Rundle
Day 8 Scott Tolmie Cliffie Hodgson
Day 7 Will Maisey Sam Pailor
Day 6 Andy Brown Matt Price
Day 5 Brett Daynes Devlin Hope
Day 4 Rob Knox Andy Brown
Day 3 Matt Price Tom Poole
Day 2 Tom Jubb Matt Jones
Day 1 Boris Stankovich Peter Weightman
A reminder: you have up to 4 votes…please just tick against the appropriate name(s) but you don’t have to use all 4 if you don’t wish to.
If I have neglected to include someone, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list asap.
Many thanks in advance for your involvement…