I am astounded that posters are bagging Scott for trying to help players prepare for life after football.Laidley copped much of the same. As will Shaw in a few years if we don’t win a flag. Largely the same people, definitely the same types.
Portraying a comment on planning for life after footy as a negative is a new low.
These are young men, straight out of school, quite possibly forgoing tertiary study/life long career opportunities, to embark on what is a dream, that may never be fulfilled through injury or not being good enough at the game. The average football career is about 5 years and by extension the ability to earn much higher levels of money than might otherwise be earned elsewhere is very short.
Almost certainly players think about that from time to time and I would be surprised if that fear of having a short career, does not weigh on them, sometimes quite heavily.
It makes perfect sense to me then that a coach (or coaching staff/club), that recognises this fear for players and takes steps to address it, is much more likely to have a group of players, who are in a better head space and therefore more likely to be able to better focus on what they are asked to do out on the field.
Player welfare is rightly a much bigger issue than it used to be years ago and every club spends time talking to their players about life after football. That Brad called it a training session is absolutely irrelevant. The time needed and needs to be spent on this sort of stuff and he should not be criticised for what he done on this front.