I liked all of this post until the end.Some FACTS with regards to the Jordan Roughead situation:
Elected as Vice Captain in 2015 despite having an injury interrupted career and a best placing in the B&F of 9th in 2013.
Bob Murphy: "Someone who sees the game and the club with a real sense of clarity. He's loved and respected by his peers and he's someone I'm already leaning on and will continue to do so for the year. So I'm rapt to have him as my vice-captain."
Luke Beveridge: "He's (Roughead) a really respected young man, he's been at the club for a number of years now, It's a great sign that our younger players are progressing, they’re maturing."
Steps down from Leadership group prior to 2016 to concentrate on Football after another injury riddled season in 2015. Goes on to play 25 games and plays a big part in helping the Club win a Premiership. Wins Most Improved Player at the Bulldogs Best and Fairest awards.
Misses the first 9 weeks of the 2017 season due to injury. Plays the final 13 games.
Voted in by the players for the 2018 Leadership Group.
Spends 6 weeks out of the AFL side due to a combination of injury and form, recalled in Round 9.
At a Press Conference prior to the Round 11 clash with Melbourne, Luke Beveridge is asked about the future of Roughead and Mitch Wallis
Luke Beveridge:"(Roughead) is a free agent at the end of this year, so we're working with his management at the moment to try and re-sign him because he's definitely a required player, He'll need to perform at his best pretty quickly to establish what his future is beyond this year, and I really believe he can."
"Like 'Roughy', Mitch is definitely a required player, and I and other coaches talk to him weekly around what his focus areas are to get back in the team."
"Beveridge Turns Heat on Wallis and Roughead" - The Age, June 1 - 2018
"Bevo: Free Agent Duo have to lift" - AFL Website, June 1 - 2018
In the Round 11 match on June 2nd, Roughead has 12 hitouts matched against Max Gawn who has 57 and goes on to collect Brownlow Votes. Roughead is dropped.
On June 18, 2018 CEO Ameet Bains is forced to clarify Bevo's comments with regards to Roughead on SEN:
“I think what’s happened, a lot more direct questions are now asked of coaches at press conferences and certainly with respect to Roughy, I think Bevo’s starting point is we have been negotiating with his manager for a chunk of the season and want to retain him,”
On June 19th 2018, Jason Johannisen publicly questions the leadership group of which he is a part of:
"As a leadership group, we have probably let the team down a bit. We haven't been consistent with our performances,"
Roughead is recalled for the Round 17 game against Melbourne after Tom Boyd succumbs to a back injury, prompting Barrett to write in his Sliding Doors bit on the AFL Website "Roughead, who Bevo has developed a set against". Gawn is BOG and gets 3 Brownlow Votes.
Roughead plays out the season in the Seniors but is the No.2 Ruck option behind Jackson Trengove
Less than a week after the completion of the Season, Roughead is in Perth meeting with the Eagles before being traded to the Pies.
Don't let the Media twist the facts on us guys and gals! Roughead had issues with injury and form throughout his decade long tenure at the Dogs. He never finished Top 5 in a B&F (Finished Top 10 once), was never in AA contention and had never won a single Brownlow vote. Despite this he was TWICE voted into the Leadership Group by his peers (the same playing group he claimed didn't support him) and TWICE walked away of his own volition. He was also publicly backed by his Coach to regain his best form and was told by both the Coach and the CEO that he was definitely a required player. That the Click Bait Crew turned this around is yet another lesson in how powerful the Media have become and how dangerous they can be to team harmony.
I wish Roughy all the best, he is a Premiership hero who risked a life long injury to play in the GF. He has definitely earned the "Bullgod" status. Whacking blokes on your way out the door though??? I really thought he was better than that.
"I still had the belief. I still believed in myself and my ability. I knew that with players and coaches around me that believed in me then I would be able to get out there and play some good footy."I liked all of this post until the end.
Your argument is to not believe the way media twists words and context to get clicks and then you've had a go at Roughy based on words in a quote taken potentially out of context.
I don't know, having been in a similar position myself as a player - slight variation - I dont see an issue."I still had the belief. I still believed in myself and my ability. I knew that with players and coaches around me that believed in me then I would be able to get out there and play some good footy."
There aint much reading between the lines with regards to this quote. It's a pretty straight forward whack at the Club, players and coaches. To say that you would have rather retired than pull on a Doggies jumper again are some pretty strong words no matter the context.
And i get that. I wasn't all that offended by Rough's comments until I did a bit of research and read that not only had he been elected to the Leadership group twice but that he had voluntarily walked away from it twice.I don't know, having been in a similar position myself as a player - slight variation - I dont see an issue.
Yeah I get all that too, that's why I said I agreed with every other part of your post.And i get that. I wasn't all that offended by Rough's comments until I did a bit of research and read that not only had he been elected to the Leadership group twice but that he had voluntarily walked away from it twice.
The old saying that 'actions speak louder than words' spring to mind. I think it's a bit rich to insinuate that the previous playing group lacked belief in you when he literally stepped away (twice) from leading players that obviously looked up to him.
The media should be objective enough to look at both sides of the story and ask Jordan the hard questions like why he stepped away from leading and what role he had in filling the void that was created when Boyd and Murph retired.
Instead it comes across extremely one sided and paints the Dogs in a very negative light. I'm not saying we are innocent bystanders in all of this. Seldom is it the case when two parties part ways amicably. As I said, I wish him well. I just thought that the other side of the story (from what has played out publicly at least) needed to be retold and that Jordan could have chosen his words a bit better.
Not HS but similar article.Article in herald sun on website about P Gordon saying Bev is the right man for Dogs going forward but there is no rush on a new deal.
Sorry it has paywall
He must love the **** cultureHeart-and-soul Bulldog mid off the table after re-signing
Jun 13, 2019 4:49PM
Good Dog: Star mid Tom Liberatore extends his contract
PREMIERSHIP Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore has re-signed for a further two years.
Originally due to come out of contract at season's end, he is now locked in until the end of 2021.
Liberatore, 27, was an integral part of the 2016 flag side and is among the heart-and-soul players at the Bulldogs.
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Having endured two knee reconstructions throughout a career that has included the 2014 best and fairest, Liberatore is a fan favourite.
His father Tony won a Brownlow Medal in a 283-game career at the Dogs.
Tom an Tony Liberatore after the 2016 Grand Final. Picture: AFL Photos
Taken as a father-son selection in 2010, Liberatore has lined up in 128 career matches and is keen to see that run extend.
"Being loyal to my teammates is a big thing for me," Liberatore told westernbulldogs.com.au.
"I've been part of this group for nine years now and I'm happy where I am.
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"It's been good to come back from injury and play every game so far this year, and nice to sign on for two more years to have that comfort around the future.
"I'm really looking forward to the back half of the year and how we can grow this year, and over the next couple of years.
"This group has the promise and the talent to get back to the top, and we've shown that ability in certain games this year. I think that we will keep getting better."
Liberatore is averaging 23 disposals per game this season and is ranked No.18 in the competition for clearances per game.
However, Dogs list manager Sam Power said Liberatore's influence couldn't be measured in stats alone.
"We're obviously rapt to have Tom sign on for two more years," Power said.
"He is an important player for our football club with the way he plays, as he has shown throughout the first half of this year in his return from a second ACL reconstruction.
"Tom is the type of player who makes his teammates walk taller.
"His selfless approach to the game makes those around him better players, and we know he is driven to help this group taste success in
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