McGuire laughs at Anthony’s Docker woes
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has ridiculed the declining football career of former Magpies forward Jack Anthony as the war of words between Fremantle and the Magpies intensified.
With the Dockers still open about their desire to attempt to lure Pies premiership forward Travis Cloke away from the league leaders, McGuire continued to fight fire with fire by declaring war on the West Australian team should they succeed.
The Pies chief went one further on Monday, using the struggles of Anthony as an example of the difference in footballing stature between the 2010 premiers and the perennial AFL under achievers.
“You should ring Jack Anthony and see how things are going,” McGuire said on his Triple M radio show.
“He has disappeared like a third-place getter in Australian Idol once he left Collingwood for Fremantle.”
Anthony has played just eight games in two seasons at Fremantle, kicking just three goals in his time in the west.
His misery reached its lowest ebb during the defeat to Carlton in Round 8, with four possessions and one horrible turnover prompting his substitution out of the game 10 minutes into the third quarter.
McGuire insisted he was forced to fire back after the Dockers openly voiced their interest in Cloke before the clash with the Pies at the MCG, which Collingwood won.
The Nine Network and Fox Sports personality said his declaration of war was only half serious.
“I hope (they) took it to heart,” McGuire said.
“I pick up the paper and there is their CEO on the morning they are playing Collingwood saying ‘We are going to get into Cloke, we are going to offer him a million dollars’.
“He is going to come and eat at my lunch – what is he going to knock off my missus on the way through?
“Take my first born, my second? Give it a break.”
Chief executive Steve Rosich said at the weekend he was convinced the Dockers was an attractive destination.
“We need to keep adding to our list, more quality all across the ground and if that includes a key forward and some midfielders, well, fantastic,” Rosich told AFL Live.
“We’ve been talking to a select number of players that are eligible for free agency.”
“We have spoken to Travis’ management and he’s one of a few players we’ve spoken to.”
“We’re a growing football club, we aim to be a premiership winning football club and we’ve got a compelling case for quality players to join our football club.”
McGuire told Triple M he was prepared to go after Fremantle players if they continued to chase Cloke.
“Clokey’s management have been out there spruiking him, so it is not necessarily Fremantle’s fault,” McGuire said.
“But on the morning of a game?
“If they go after a player like that and muck up their salary cap then we will go after them.”