On Akira, maybe they're using Read as the blueprint for him - you all might remember, Cantabs certainly will, that Read was actually held back from elevation to the ABs initially.
Read started his super career playing on the blindside, and it wasn’t until his second season that he really settled as our no8 and after a strong season he made the ABs that same year for the EOYT. Rodders was still around for 2008 as the incumbent.
I was a huge Rodders fan so it didn’t make much difference to me.
Nepia is right, though.
Henry said at the time (when Read wasn't picked) that they expected him to be a very important player for the ABs in the future and they were going to take their time in letting him develop before rushing him in.
The funny thing with that (and hindsight is bliss), Read played a lot of test footy in 2009 as Rodders form took a considerable dip and he lost that edge.