Tony Evans Rules wrote:
Mead wrote:The only thing which gives me any hope for the league is in a free agent market, plenty of GWS's talent will walk for more opportunities elsewhere.
I thought this too, and whilst GWS and GC seem to be dropping a few players via trade who want out (Hoskin-Elliot, Boyd, Treloar, O'Meara etc), it seems that this player flow is primarily going to the clubs in the east. The fact that a WA boy in O'Meara chose Melbourne over Perth is a concern that, yes, the expansion clubs will have talent diluted somewhat, but not to the benefit of us.
I think the AFL got it wrong with GWS. For some reason they believed they would have a harder time than GC, and gave them extra benefits.
Reality was that with an extra year to start lining up their ducks, and the massive population benefit NSW has, they got it easier.
Then throw in the extras they got, plus Sheedy, and they have made out like bandits.
Its going to be interesting to see how Bennell and McCarthy perform for Freo.
We've all been sitting around waiting for our WA boys to flock home, and it just hasn't happened. They're all making far too much money, and are either hooked on the GC "lifestyle" or are looking forward to premierships with GWS.
The bogus "academy" concessions given to the "expansion" states, especially NSW, are simply diabolical. And as if they weren't bad enough, the AFL further assists them under the guise of "growing the sport".
No kid ever rides past a golf-course and thinks "yeah, that's exciting." But they get pushed into it and persist because their families know (and the kids eventually cotton on) that therein lies the path to millions. The AFL funds programs to get the best kids into AFL, and then allows GWS and Sydney to cherry-pick any with promise.
I think the only good news on that front is that eventually people like Eddy will wear them down. But not before those teams dominate the next decade.