Football has always had a fascination with the swingman: A player who is just as influential in attack as they are in defence.
In the AFL, Fremantle have used Griffin Logue in both forward and defensive roles, while Geelong defender Jack Henry has had his moments in attack this season.
After the round 16 WAFL clash between Subiaco and West Coast, a 95-game veteran may have found another string to his bow.
With Subiaco out of the finals race, the coaching staff were given the freedom to move around the magnets against cellar dwellers West Coast to see what works in preparation for next season.
Wingman Chad Harris was moved to a half back, inside-mid Jordan Snadden played outside, and defender Angus Dewar was sent to centre-half forward.
Having never kicked more than six goals in a season, and in the absence of forward Ryan Borchet, Dewar looked comfortable in the role as he worked up and down the ground.
When asked how the change to the forward line was, he said he enjoyed the experience.
“I normally get five minutes at the end of a quarter here and there,” Dewar said.
“It was good. I was basically there to create opportunities and I think I did that.
“I think I may have got a couple of score involvements which was the whole point.”
When looking at the statistics, Dewar’s numbers don’t do him enough justice. While the 29-year-old had 14 disposals and kicked the Lions’ first of the day, his work rate to provide an option down the ground was superb.
He took six marks, the majority of those as a leading target, and had five inside-50s to help his side to a 23-point win.
However, it’s what he did without the ball which was equally impressive.
The former-Hawk’s ability to drag his direct opponent up the ground allowed Ben Sokol, the competition’s leading goal scorer, to have a one-on-one match up inside 50, where he kicked three goals.
Furthermore, Dewar’s ability to tap the ball to a teammate’s advantage was on show, which led to multiple Subiaco goals.
He said his side was seeing the rewards of effort.
“We had a crack and stuck to the process, I thought it was really good,” he said.
“We executed some things and we started to look really good off of hard work.”
The Lions were able to hold off the Eagles, who came hard towards the end of the game.
Dewar said some of the club’s younger talent stood up.
“The backs were huge, a couple of young guys have started to earn their stripes and are doing some really good stuff with some old heads,” he said.
“They were well under the pump late, and with their backs against the wall they hung tough and managed to run it out.”
The Lions will miss the finals for just the second time in nine years, and not since 2013 have they been out of contention with multiple rounds remaining in the season.
Despite being out of the race, Dewar said there are some positives for the club going forward.
“We’ve missed the mark with a few things this year, but to get some serious games into some guys, it’s been really good,” he said.
“It’s not like they’re coming in on the fringes and doing nothing… They can be some of the key points, ball winners and match breakers as well.
“I think we’re in a good place for the future.”