Current players who should make a book on their career when they retire

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Simple premise, what players in the league would you be most be interested in reading their autobiographies when they retire?

From a Port perspective, it'd be Travis Boak. First year player in the losing side of the 07 GF, to being a young leader at a club on its knees, the events surrounding JMac (RIP), to turning down the lure of your hometown club to captain a club with "Dead" written all over it and having to galvanize the players after some truly horrific circumstances, to leading the club on the field to an unprecedented resurgence all within the space of a decade. Would be a truly great read for any Port fan or footy fan in general if he were to write about his playing career when he hangs up the boots.

From players outside the club, and this may be cheating, but I wouldn't mind reading about Jack Watts at Melbourne. You're an 18 year old stick figure who's picked at #1 in the draft by one of the worst sides in history, and told straight away that you're going to save that club and lead them back to glory, only for that to backfire horrendously for all parties involved and become the face for said worst side in history. Would be highly interesting to read what it was like for Jack at that time.
 

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Tex Walker.
Young man captaining the biggest team in his state, lost his mentor and close friend and coach, lead his team through that and into the finals that season.
Then bore the brunt of the loss in the grand final last year. Most blokes his age haven’t dealt with losing anyone let alone having to lead a bunch of men through it
 

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"i'd read a Jack Watts biography".... *cringe*
How is that cringeworthy at all? For someone that young to have that much hopes and expectations for a whole club and an institution of Australian Football on his shoulders and have it all backfire like it did would be huge from an emotional POV. Would absolutely be compelling reading regarding probably the biggest "savior turned bust" in modern sporting history in this country.
 

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How is that cringeworthy at all? For someone that young to have that much hopes and expectations for a whole club and an institution of Australian Football on his shoulders and have it all backfire like it did would be huge from an emotional POV. Would absolutely be compelling reading regarding probably the biggest "savior turned bust" in modern sporting history in this country.
There is no such thing as compelling reading when it comes to reading cookie cutter final cash grab AFL biographies.
 

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Trent Cotchin would be decent. Overcame a lot of ridicule and adversity during his first 4 years as a captain, labelled by some as the worst captain in the AFL
 

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Majority of player stories are boring AF. All so similar, all so sterile to avoid stepping on too many toes.

Mason Cox, journey from college basketballer to regular AFL player will have more interesting stories than most atm.

If he's articulate for a footballer then Jack Watts telling the trials and tribulations of a #1 pick would be a decent read.

Forget the idea of "party players" revealing all, unless it's in an effort to uncover the bigger picture it will always be in their financial interests one way or another to keep their silence.
 

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From my club - Dale Morris. All Australian & premiership player that started on the rookie list after a few good VFL years, has suffered some nasty injuries over his career & just kept coming back. The model professional & definition of a champion player & bloke in general. Pound for pound the best defender in the AFL for years, but criminally underrated. One AA not enough.

From another club - Shaun Burgoyne. Ridiculously successful career & premierships with 2 teams, AA, 300+ games and just an out & out gun. Reckon he would have seen it all over his career & would like to hear about how he dealt with the least desirable parts of fame of being an AFL star due to his background
 

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Josh Caddy.....drafted to a brand new franchise with reported cultural problems, jets off to a club at the end of their highly successful era and finally lands at punt rd; playing a crucial role in breaking a long premiership drought.
His insight re: the 3 clubs would be fascinating
 

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Dayne Beams - Gold Coast raised, premiership at Collingwood, move to Qld to be with his father. Seen plenty of ups and downs. Playing with his brother. He openness about his love for his recently departed father is heart warming and must be of help to people who are going through similar times. If he plays for the next few years then there will be further stories as well (wherever he plays).
 
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Majority of player stories are boring AF. All so similar, all so sterile to avoid stepping on too many toes.

Mason Cox, journey from college basketballer to regular AFL player will have more interesting stories than most atm.

If he's articulate for a footballer then Jack Watts telling the trials and tribulations of a #1 pick would be a decent read.

Forget the idea of "party players" revealing all, unless it's in an effort to uncover the bigger picture it will always be in their financial interests one way or another to keep their silence.
Indeed a good read:

https://www.playersvoice.com.au/mason-cox-sport-never-knew-existed/
 
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