- Aug 14, 2021
- AFL Club
I guess I have a bit of a different view to what we mean we say culture. I think once the team starts winning people are going to be more willing to stay, I think when people say culture to me that = winning. We don't really every talk about the good culture of teams that suck or the bad culture of teams that win, because culture = winning. Sure, some will still leave that are desperate to go home, but it's pretty easy to see why are some eager to get home playing in a small market on a team that sucked last year. If you're Tanner would you rather go home to go live in Geelong to be with family, on a great team, right near the coast and where I'm sure it's a hell of a lot cheaper to live or make similar money in Sydney. We're never going to have the attraction of bringing star players to our club like big melbourne clubs do but once we start winning, which I don't think is too far away guys are going to be more willing to stay and play in a good team. The culture may look like it's for older players because the older players are the ones that continued to extend their contract through the winning years and then we ultimately signed them up to long term deals and the rest of the guys are hanging on that might not have a ton of interest elsewhere. Once we're good I'm sure we'll still lose players to big clubs offering a big money deal that we can't compete with much like the Dons did with Shiel, but guys would be willing to take less to stay on a team that they know year in year out is competitive, we see it with every winning team. Our "culture" seems fine, doesn't seem like there's any headcases on the list that are a pain to the rest of the playing group and good leaders throughout the group imo, all the guys seems to really enjoy each others company. Just think at least imo we use the term culture in place of winning team when we're discussing why guys stay on their team or move elsewhere, bit different but my 2c.You misunderstand
I’m not making comment on the big contracts or the fact players have left. Cameron doing 10 years and leaving is just fine
I’m saying there is a worrying trend of young players not staying. The culture looks built for older players…. Why can’t we be the best at giving a first year experience for first year players in the league?
The trend is recent and a genuine worry