- Jul 24, 2015
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
That sort of thing is symptomatic of the Gold Coast imo.I remember thinking at the time that GWS would fail and GC would succeed because GC got Gary Jr. and the best GWS could manage was Tom Scully. Turned out to be basically the opposite, GWS were able to build a much better culture with a solid leadership group that weren't necessarily the best players in the competition, but knew how to lead a group of young men. Probably weren't religious weirdos either.
Getting Gary Jr. seems like a complete mistake in hindsight. They appear to have been more concerned with attracting an audience in the extremely short term than building something that could stand the test of time, same deal with Karmichael Hunt. And it's honestly hard to see them turning it around. I could see the AFL just giving up and handing their license to Southport or something.
The Gold Coast' culture is more concerned with appearances than depth. Its a shallow place and if you climb up Mt Warning and look at it it seems like a very short term thing as well.