Oppo Camp Tom Boyd retires

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Apex36

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Just reported on MMM that Boyd has retired at 23, citing mental health and the pressures of the game becoming too much.

Big lesson here to clubs about throwing stupid contracts at kids. There were plenty who said that the pressure of expectation that comes with such a contract would get to him, and now it’s come to fruition. I feel for him. If he’d been offered, and accepted a more reasonable contract he may not have felt the issues that have plagued him over the past few years so much.
 

Shaneprice97

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Will be looked at as one of the most unbelievable trades of all time, for good and bad reasons.

The way it all went down, a #1 pick requesting a trade after one season and for Griffin(club captain) to be apart of it was just crazy to me. Thats not even mentioning the coin involved.
 

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SwanDaneFan1991

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Just read it myself. I am not trying to be insincere, but he plays a grouse finals series, and they throw the bloke a big contract. So much pressure. I really hope he can be as successful in real life, as he was in that finals series. Just a sad story. Good luck fella.
 

manicmagpie

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I am not trying to be insincere, but he plays a grouse finals series, and they throw the bloke a big contract.
He got the big contract after playing just 9 games in his first season. He then had his great finals campaign 2 years later. He was on guaranteed big money whatever happened.

The Dogs got their money's worth and not a single one of their supporters would go back and undo the trade.
 

Dead Eye Didak

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Very sad to see him give a game away that he obviously loved, then hated with the weight of expectation on him. Hope he finds some peace in life with his future endeavours away from footy.
I still think he was BOG in the 2016 GF!
 

gerryg400

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Just reported on MMM that Boyd has retired at 23, citing mental health and the pressures of the game becoming too much.

Big lesson here to clubs about throwing stupid contracts at kids. There were plenty who said that the pressure of expectation that comes with such a contract would get to him, and now it’s come to fruition. I feel for him. If he’d been offered, and accepted a more reasonable contract he may not have felt the issues that have plagued him over the past few years so much.
How do you know that the pressure of expectation caused his mental health issues? They may have been pre-existing.
 

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barrackers

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Should have won the Norm Smith, so he’s played well when it mattered most.

Despite playing his best footy in the ruck I’m still not sure what was his best position.

Obviously has a fair bit going on, but I suspect it won’t be the last we hear of Boyd. He’s got too much talent for clubs to ignore.
 

Apex36

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How do you know that the pressure of expectation caused his mental health issues? They may have been pre-existing.
Reading comprehension friend. At no stage did I say that the pressure of expectation was the cause of his issues. I said that his issues may not have been as bad if he didn’t have the extra weight of expectation upon him. There’s a significant difference.
 

whiskeytown

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Tragedy for player and club concerned.

But had you said to the Dogs before they drafted him that it would cost them millions for a player who would help win them a flag, but do nothing else in his time.. they probably would still take that deal
 

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Hope he finds his happiness - at least he can look back and got to be involved in something I'm sure 95% of us on here would have loved to be talented enough to get to!
 

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shame for the young bloke,
hope he can rediscover the fun of kicking the footy around with his mates and overcome any issues he has.
 

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