Opinion Thanks Bhilly, I Won’t Boo You!

Bring back Drum

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100% This.

I don't doubt that Brad's partner wanted to go back to Melbourne.
Brad then spoke to his little mate Colin Young.
Colin worked out a massive pay day for his client (as it his job to do)
Brad nominated the Saints and the Saints only.

If it was truly a decision based on his partner's wishes, he would've said to Freo - get me to Victoria on a good contract at whatever club offers the club the best trade deal.

This will keep happening across the league until the players have their power stripped back and the clubs are given an even chance - player trading without their consent.
Fremantle could have quite easily said to Brad, no we are holding you to your contract & that would be that. But the club realised that they will get more for him now as his stocks are high because in 2 years time anything can happen, plus he is 2 years older.

Again, if Freo weren’t happy with the deal, they could have said no deal at any time & seriously why would you as a professional footballer accept an offer from another club for less time & money so Freo get a better deal?

I think your dreaming on that one.
 

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theGav56

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Off course they were weak reasons, but are you saying that Brad wanted to go back to Melbourne & used his misses as the excuse?
I don't really care if he wanted to go back to Melbourne. He signed up for a front loaded contract, and without a substantial reason behind it, my expectation is he honours. If he doesn't honour it my respect for him takes a massive dive. If he did what Jenkins did, which is to take a pay cut or accept a modest contract, then I would have a different rating of his reasons for moving. So I am saying that if you don't have the massive contract offer on the table then magically he may not want to go back to Melbourne (same with Neale and Weller).

I also fully get the make hay while the sun shines situation afl players find themselves in, but it doesn't equate to me coughing up good vibes towards them leaving us while under contract.
 

theGav56

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I don't boo anybody at the footy so won't be booing Brad , But i feel i won't be getting all warm and fuzzy about him Like i was with Barlow , Mayney , and de boer either
You definitely can't boo a player we cut from the list, but who found themselves another home.
 

yakamoto

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I have always enjoyed watching him play apart from one or two times a year when he was at Hawthorn. Might even overcome my distaste for St Kilda and turn on the TV for one or two of their games next year.
On top of Weller and Lachie leaving this does raise a few questions for a Freo.
1. Have we invested too much from the salary cap in a handful of fading stars over recent seasons at the expense of those ascendant or in their prime.
2. Given the strong ties that each of the three talents recently departed have outside WA, does this reinforce the argument for drafting local talent predominantly?
 

tacopavlich

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Off course they were weak reasons, but are you saying that Brad wanted to go back to Melbourne & used his misses as the excuse?
It's incredibly unlikely that Hill would be moving back East for the same reasons if there was less money on the table than Freo would be offering. The story that Hill is becoming a Saint independently from salary is pure PR spin but that doesn't mean that Hill's partner doesn't genuinely want to go back home and it isn't sincere.
 

StingBitten

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I heard Brad's interview on 3AW.

By his tone and language I'm no longer under any doubt that he largely wanted this move nearly as much as his partner.

I actually don't think he hates the club, Ross or Perth.

But he certainly prefers the Melb life and the glittered trams that come with it, he just didn't realize how much he actually missed it.

It's fascinating, when Brad was 17 I was just starting out in criminal justice and he very nearly received a community based order before getting drafted, remember him having the police and the children's court in hysterics, there was no way he was getting in trouble.

Dude just had too much energy for this place.
 

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