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He is ramping up his work for his business, Settler’s Insect Repellent, a company he owns with brother Jake and sister Emma, while he is laying the groundwork for a fitness venture he plans to launch on the Gold Coast in the coming 12 months.
He is a long way from the position he found himself in during his first season in the AFL, where the Suns made a charge for the finals in 2014.
It was the best year Kolodjashnij had, as the Suns struggled with cultural problems and performances.
“I never really (knew) what it was like to be in successful cultures which is a bit of a bummer,” he said.
“I have my twin brother Jake at Geelong who has been consistently playing finals.
“Even talking to him around what they do compared to what we were doing at the Suns, it was pretty much the complete opposite.
“It was all back on the players; they trusted their players and they had old wise heads there. It was generational … carried down from past players whereas the Suns didn’t have that.
“Even the difference between how they ran meetings. It was quite open and player driven whereas no one really spoke up or thought they had the authority to speak up at the Suns.”
Kolodjashnij believes it was the wrong decision to axe inaugural coach Guy McKenna but is convinced the club, under coach Stuart Dew, is on the right path.
“The boys are starting to mature and coming into the prime of their careers,” he said.
“I see them playing finals very soon, if not next season. It’s quite an exciting time and I’ll be following them closely.”
CAIRNS Saints product Jacob Heron has decided North Melbourne’s VFL outfit will be his best chance for a second crack in the elite system.
The 21-year-old was delisted by Gold Coast following the 2020 AFL season, after 13 games across three years.
After a lengthy process deciding where his best location will be to land a second crack in the big time, Heron has settled on the Kangaroos in the revamped VFL for next year.
The speedy utility also considered Geelong in the VFL over the past few weeks, as both clubs had been keen to bring him in for their 2021 programs.
Interesting.Heron to join Roos in quest for AFL
Cairns Saints product Jacob Heron has decided on where his best chance for a second crack in the elite AFL system will come from in 2021.
December 23, 2020 - 5:04PM
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