Player Watch #39 Neville Jetta - Retired. Thank you Nev 🖤💛❤️

Russian Demon

Premiership Player
Mar 26, 2015
4,081
5,486
AFL Club
Melbourne
I remember i got very drunk one night during the dark days and sent Nev an email through the club, telling him what a legend he was for the way he went about it.

And when several posters dubbed him Lord Nev and the Jesus pics caught a bit of embarrassment that we had to shut down.

Class act. I hope he spends retirement having seven hundred children for the 2040s dynasty
 

El Sketcho

Debutant
Apr 24, 2012
66
112
AFL Club
Melbourne
Should certainly be spoken of in the same sentence as Jones when the story is told of the dark days. One of the few who stood up time and time again when that was a very hard thing to do.
 

A11dAtP0w3R

Strong Premiership DNA
Oct 18, 2013
55,321
67,533
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Carolina Panthers. Zach Wilson.
fu** that's hard to watch :cry:, the universal love for Nev is something special, any player who maximises the talent they had and leaves it all out on the field like Nev and Daniel Cross will forever hold my admiration.

Great career mate, you made everyone proud .
 

dee_mac

Club Legend
Feb 28, 2013
2,137
3,715
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Philadelphia Eagles
AFL 2022: Coup for Magpies as Neville Jetta joins Collingwood Football Club (theage.com.au)

Collingwood have scored a major coup securing highly-respected former Demon Neville Jetta as a development coach in 2022.

:(
 

schmuttt

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 12, 2014
25,224
41,917
AFL Club
Melbourne
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West Ham United
Sad he’s gone but if he wants to stay in the industry as a coach makes sense to get experience elsewhere.
 

King Kunta

Team Captain
Jun 30, 2015
445
740
AFL Club
Melbourne
Collingwood had a go at trading him in as a player a few years back from memory. They must value him (and why wouldn't they). Good luck Nev.
 

Gysberts2Bate

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 12, 2013
21,700
27,715
Melbourne
AFL Club
Melbourne
Should certainly be spoken of in the same sentence as Jones when the story is told of the dark days. One of the few who stood up time and time again when that was a very hard thing to do.
I don’t know if I’d go quite that far. He played 6 games in 2012 and 5 games in 2013 and was delisted. Only really came good under Roos. Wouldn’t have been many clubs making offers to him, unlike Jones, who continued to put in and improve under Neeld.
 

Crusty Demon

Premiership Player
Sep 20, 2009
4,826
5,032
Ferntree Gully
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Leeds United
Surprised we didn't keep him on the books in some capacity as he's done a great job with the indigenous players. Is Matty Whelan still involved at the club with mentoring the indigenous players? Maybe Nev will come back to that role if Wrecker ever moves on? I wonder what impact Nev leaving will have on Kozzy?
 

Dory_77

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 2, 2012
6,284
6,395
AFL Club
Melbourne
Whelan is still around as a community liaison sorta role. Not sure who we have as development coaches, but might've been room there.
Sad to see him go but good luck to him. I think he'd make a good coach, seems to be good at building relationships and was a smart defender.
 

Lampers

Club Legend
May 27, 2004
1,220
2,286
Eastside
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Melbourne
Going to play some VFL games for us Next Year
He was still reasonable at VFL level this year. Hopefully he doesn’t get anymore head knocks as he has struggled a bit with concussion in recent times.

Neville is a quality human. Collingwood have done well to get him and it won’t hurt their culture or image given the ‘Do better’ report fall out.
 

El Sketcho

Debutant
Apr 24, 2012
66
112
AFL Club
Melbourne
I don’t know if I’d go quite that far. He played 6 games in 2012 and 5 games in 2013 and was delisted. Only really came good under Roos. Wouldn’t have been many clubs making offers to him, unlike Jones, who continued to put in and improve under Neeld.
I think that's by and large fair. But definitely showed exceptional character to stick with it and become one of the best (or better?) small defenders in the league. You can argue that at a better club he doesn't get that chance after being delisted, but his determination to get the most out of himself and not quit was a standout among our list and culture.

You could also argue (in hindsight) that how he was used and then delisted was indicative of the people making those decisions at that period of time
 

KickLongTackleHard

Premiership Player
May 2, 2008
3,670
2,847
Perth
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Chelsea FC
Hard to think of a player that improved themselves so much from early career to peak career. Delisted to one of the best players in his position for a few seasons. There are probably others, but very hard to do. Incredible resilience.

I’ll always remember his two big bumps in the 2018 finals series on Selwood and then Tom Mitchell and his neat disposal out of the backline.
 

Topkent

Cancelled
Aug 29, 2010
47,686
63,938
Canada
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Winnipeg Jets
I don't wanna sh*t on Jetta because I do love the bloke and what he did for us. A battler is always my fav type of player.

It is funny that his neat kicking is hailed, like it's lauded because he never tried a risky kick. Which is fine but other players would have been slammed for it
 

KickLongTackleHard

Premiership Player
May 2, 2008
3,670
2,847
Perth
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Chelsea FC
I don't wanna sh*t on Jetta because I do love the bloke and what he did for us. A battler is always my fav type of player.

It is funny that his neat kicking is hailed, like it's lauded because he never tried a risky kick. Which is fine but other players would have been slammed for it
Nothing wrong with knowing your limitations and retaining the ball more often than not IMO. Guys like TMac and Hunt shouldn’t be trying to hit risky options into the corridor as first option cause their field kicking sucks. Plenty of teams with dedicated kickers at half back, so I didn’t mind Jetta’s use.
 

PerfectFooty

Perfect Cell
Apr 23, 2013
13,235
13,029
Benalla
AFL Club
Melbourne
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Williamstown Seagulls
Jetta took more risks and backed himself in 1v1 contests, which makes up for his lack of risk disposing the ball, nothing wrong with playing to your strengths and feeding out to your distrubutors like salem
 

KickLongTackleHard

Premiership Player
May 2, 2008
3,670
2,847
Perth
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Chelsea FC
Remember when Jamie Bennell showed more promise than Nev coming from same draft year and similar pick range.
 

Deelighted

All Australian
Aug 2, 2009
643
841
AFL Club
Melbourne
Remember when Jamie Bennell showed more promise than Nev coming from same draft year and similar pick range.
Really thought there was a good player there, showed some promise forward and back just never seemed to get involved in the game enough. One of many who were apparently going to be "unMelbourned" after joining a new club, but did nothing at WC either.

Just a further credit to Nev (and Roosy) for the career he managed to put together when you look at the huge amount of kids we took earlier in the draft who didn't make it.
 

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