- Oct 21, 2017
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Not really an exit meeting. Like most players, he'd have had his exit meetings weeks ago. Lyons had his exit meeting at an unusual time before he was contracted, had undergone surgery during the break and was due to get married and go for a honeymoon around now. About a month ago the Wigg and Scheer delistings got leaked, so their exit meetings would have been early October, maybe even during September.Depending how many are in the exit meeting, he would have seen it all before at Sydney.
Unless he wants to be Ross Lyon and conduct his exit meetings alone lol
Lonergan and Leslie would have been before that because they were coming out of contract. I imagine the original meeting might have been something like "Jesse, we're cleaning out the roster to bring in some new players and your spot isn't guaranteed. Do you want us to shop you around?" To which he's like "I come from Tasmania, so there's no going home. I want to stay here." There would have been a long break while the trade period played out and then a list management guy would have called with the bad news.
Dew's gesture here seems to be a genuine attempt to pass on his advice. They are not dissimilar players, with Dew playing 42 SANFL matches in his career, which is more State level games than Lonergan. Dew had 2 career crossroads, once when he was dropped to SANFL and played for Centrals in their inaugural Grand Final and came back firing for Port the next season, then again when he came out of AFL retirement. He's doubtless had plenty of players at Sydney come to him in the offseason to talk about retirement, delisting and all sorts of stuff. I like him more after hearing this story.