Pinch a Docker, says Sheedy
Kevin Sheedy is urging all Melbourne clubs to pinch a player from Fremantle as payback for the Dockers’ dumping of coach Mark Harvey.
The Greater Western Sydney coach blasted the Dockers at a Melbourne Press Club lunch yesterday, saying their treatment of Harvey, who still had two years to run on his contract, was wrong.
Fremantle sacked Harvey to make way for St Kilda coach Ross Lyon, who signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $1 million a year.
Asked if the Dockers had done the right thing by Harvey, Sheedy didn’t mince words. ”No of course they didn’t, and they’ll get their whack, don’t you worry about that,” he said. ”It would be great to see every club in Melbourne take a player and see how they suffer.
”I just thought that was the wrong thing to do to a person who has had about 12 injured players, put every kid on the list in for a game or two and then it’s ‘see you later’ after making the finals last year.”
After Sheedy’s outburst the crowd at Etihad Stadium’s Crest Room broke into applause.
Greater Western Sydney has already nabbed one Fremantle player, the AFL’s 2008 Rising Star award winner, Rhys Palmer. Palmer was the Giants’ third uncontracted player, after Phil Davis from Port Adelaide and former Bulldog Callan Ward.
Harvey, and wife Donna, is expected to fly to Melbourne tomorrow. It is believed he will meet with his management, Elite Sports Properties, and the AFL Coaches Association.