Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs.
They have to be the second and third most talked about players this year in regards to on field performance don’t they?
I would of said first and second, but I’m just assuming that Jack Watts still unfortunately holds the number one title.
These two Carlton stars, one the captain, the other the reigning best and fairest winner. Both so clumsily lumped onto the virtual in season trade table a couple of weeks ago, during what was certainly not Carlton’s finest hour.
Caught up amidst the horrendous hullabaloo of the old “round two rebuild” announcement.
Now aren’t they just a sure fire way to ensure disaster at your footy club!
Who can forget StKilda, who also managed to go from “soon to be juggernaut” to “yeah-nah, it’s a rebuild” in what felt like a similar over promise under deliver by their new coach Scott Watters a couple of seasons ago.
What saddens me, is that some have conceded that these two probably do need a change of scenery given recent events, that their confidence has been well shattered, and that they would do well to reinvent themselves somewhere else other than in navy blue.
Well let me introduce a concept to you.
Forget the vacation, let’s talk about the stay-cation.
Remember when you were young and money may of been tight in the family finances, instead of conceding defeat, your parents would set up the tent or caravan in the backyard instead of actually going away? Come on, you must of at least known families that loved a good stay-cation? Toasting marshmallows around a fire, playing board games, it didn’t just have to be for when you actually changed postcode.
Is trading the only avenue to reinvention?
My respect for Carlton isn’t high at the moment, but they will arrest my attention if they can manage to completely rejuvenate their football club.
Someone posed a question to me today….
“Can Carlton enact an environmental change from top to bottom?”
Instead of feebly patching things up, attempting the quick fix that we’ve all come to expect from them, how about they have a go at actually fixing their issues properly? Winning back player trust, taking the club from those who have had it as their play thing for far too long, and gifting it back to the fans.
Sure, give Marc and Bryce a fresh start, I certainly agree they need one…but why can’t it be at Carlton?
Nick Riewoldt is a great example of someone currently enjoying a stay-cation.
The club is far removed from the toxic environment that saw Nick actually weigh things up for the first time at the end of the 2013 season. Yes, that crazy time under Scott Watters that even saw Eddie McGuire attempt to woo the beloved Saints captain to Collingwood after he’d heard whispers of unrest.
There was certainly a great divide at the club, not dissimilar to what has happened at the Blues. Coach and football club, worlds apart from each other is both vision and ideals. Ironically it ended the same way, Watters famously sacked after going rogue with a radio interview on SEN.
A positive was born out of a negative though.
The club ended up appointing a new coach, who quickly aligned himself with the new president and CEO. A good honest discussion was had about where they wanted to go, and the club is seemingly heading in the right trajectory now. The saints skipper is amongst those enjoying what are newly defined targets and goals, content with his change of scenery that didn’t actually require a new guernsey.
It’s so important for everyone at a footy club to be on the same page, Carlton certainly haven’t been, and Marc and Bryce, well they had their page literally ripped out of the novel.
Nothing that can’t be repaired though.
Malthouse said his papers were stamped the minute the new president and CEO came on board, perhaps, but thats ok isn’t it?
Carlton and its relatively new administration deserve time to enact this “environmental change” needed. They may very well secure a coach that is perfectly content to subscribe to their vision, and their vision may just prove to be sound.
If a change of scenery is needed for guys like Murph and Gibbs, well Carlton, I put it to you to reinvent the landscape.