‘Why I nearly walked out on the Cats’

By on April 8, 2013

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Matthew Scarlett

I virtually walked … Scarlett tells Mike Sheahan so much. Supply: Information Limited

Matthew Scarlett has published how shut he got here to leaving Geelong on the finish of 2006 when he threatened to walk out on the Cats if assistant teach Daryn Cresswell was once appointed to exchange Mark Thompson as senior coach.

In an in-depth interview with Mike Sheahan on Open Mike on Monday evening time, a candid Scarlett observed his displeasure at rumours circulating about Thompson’s future on the finish of a wretched 2006 season that noticed the membership finish Tenth.

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“I’d heard that among the many board contributors had already conception that [Cresswell] was once going to be our subsequent show and he’d already been chosen,” Scarlett mentioned.

“I’d also heard Cresswell was pronouncing that he used to be going to be the next instruct.

“i think I’m a superior choose of personality and that I Was just hoping that that wasn’t the case and I Was moving into to bat for Bomber.

“I Discussed that if Bomber had left i’d have left and that i’m positive there would had been various other avid avid gamers who would have left as neatly.

“We have been spherical at Tommy Harley’s home. We’d had just a few beers, now not too many, and we had been having a chat concerning the route of the membership and i just perception i needed to maneuver in to bat for a bloke who was once underneath siege.

“There was no one else on the footy club getting into to look ahead to Bomber, so i believed I Used To Be the person to do it.

“I had grave considerations that he used to be once going to move and the footy membership would must be rebuilt all over again … it might had been an incredible mistake.”

Geelong went on to win the flag the 12 months after that tumultuous low season, while Creswell was once arrested and convicted on fraud costs in 2010.

within the vast-ranging interview Scarlett additionally talks about his remedy at his choice to retire on the finish of the 2012 season, his notion that the Cats will win the premiership this season, his well-known mud-americawith St Kilda nice Robert Harvey and Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne and a much less-publicised war of words with teammate Steve Johnson.

“Me and Stevie Johnson with regards to had a punch-on at some point,” he mentioned.

“We each weren’t pleased with each different over a game. Our relationship wasn’t nice early on. It’s outstanding now, alternatively we almost about had a little of a dust-up on the membership.

“i believed every so often Stevie can also be taking part in for himself and Stevie used to be pissed off with me with some of the essential concerns I was as soon as doing as neatly. We didn’t have an excessive amount of recognize for each totally different.

“I most likely didn’t consider Stevie and he didn’t consider me, but after we constructed that relationship now we’re actually just right.”

Scarlett additionally shines gentle on the pivotal length in Geelong’s historical past that included a brutally honest participant meeting, which helped flip a talented however erratic team of workers right into a premiership powerhouse.

“We clearly had various skill at that stage (on the tip of 2006), but we’ve got been doing numerous issues improper off the sphere,” he mentioned.

“We weren’t respecting every different or the sport of footy. i think that was a pivotal moment within the cultural alternate at our membership.”

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