Numbers add up to footy heartbreak for dumped Docker Casey Sibosado
Twelve disposals, six marks, one tackle and a goal: those are the statistics that look to have cost former Docker Casey Sibosado his football career after being dropped by Perth.
“To be honest with you, the last couple of months have been a nightmare,” Sibosado said.
“Footy was pretty much my life and I don’t have it at the moment, and when you get something so significant taken away from you it’s pretty hard to soak up.”
Sibosado was a rookie with Fremantle when the club struck an injury crisis and he was elevated to the senior list for the final round under special allowances by the AFL.
“There’s no better feeling to be honest, when you’re out there with thousands of people and your heart’s pumping,” he said.
Then the dream was shattered. The 21-year-old from remote north WA was delisted by the Dockers, but remained aimed for an immediate redrafting by putting in a strong WAFL season with Perth this year.
But because of those two-and-a-bit quarters of football, he was valued at 12 points as a non-district, AFL-delisted player to have played between one and 50 games a leap from zero, with his value previously nullified as an AFL rookie.
The Demons could no longer fit him under their 130-point cap.
“Who would’ve thought playing an AFL game would cost you a WAFL career?” he said. “The thing where Perth stuffed up and I still haven’t copped a decent apology is they committed to me and I committed to them. We had an agreement.
“What they did is they gambled on my points being reduced, which I wasn’t really aware of … gambled my life, gambled my career, and no one else cops it more than me.”
Sibosado said he had received calls of condolence from both Perth and WAFL officials, including league operations manager Clint Roberts, but the words meant little.
“Clint Roberts tried to tell me that he understands and I said: ‘Mate, I’m not a 31-year-old veteran. Footy means a fair bit to me. I’m 21 and you’re telling me I can’t play footy’,” Sibosado said.
Perth football operations manager Darren Solomon said the Demons had worked hard to help Sibosado.
“We disagree with those comments,” Solomon said. “The Perth Football Club worked very hard to help Casey play WAFL football.”
Sibosado now has little choice but to head to the country to continue his football and will attempt to return to the WAFL next year, but is undecided if he will focus on work instead in 2012.
“The hunger’s there, you just love it and there’s nothing better than it,” he said.