Darren "not so" Jolly goes Ape

Darren Jolly blasts Nathan Buckley as a 'coward'

Date November 28, 2013
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Rohan Connolly Senior AFL writer for The Age

 

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Darren Jolly. Photo: Paul Rovere

A disillusioned Darren Jolly has conceded his AFL career is over after failing to be selected in Wednesday's pre-season or rookie drafts, but not without some fierce parting shots at the manner in which it ended, and in particular towards Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

 

The 32-year-old dual premiership ruckman, delisted by Collingwood at the end of the season, had been courted by both St Kilda and Essendon for a ruck and mentoring role, but was overlooked by both for younger players.

After two months of dealings with the Saints, Jolly was told by St Kilda on Tuesday he would not be selected. The same day he met Essendon officials and underwent a medical examination on Wednesday morning, but the Dons also passed him over.

 

Jolly told Fairfax Media on Wednesday that the past three months, beginning with his axing from Collingwood, had been "a bloody nightmare".

 

"There's so much crap that's happened in the last three months that I'm really just turned off footy to be honest," he said. "I just need to get away from it and recharge the batteries and get my head right again, because it's just been a bloody nightmare."

But his strongest criticisms were reserved for how his 237-game AFL career with Melbourne, Sydney and Collingwood was ended by the Magpies, labelling Buckley a "coward" for the way the coach handled his delisting.

 

Jolly said former Magpies coach Mick Malthouse had embraced the elements of the Sydney "Bloods" culture he had brought to the club, but that once Buckley took over as coach, things changed dramatically.

 

"He [Buckley] probably found it a lot harder accepting that I had opinions about things and would give feedback on certain things that potentially he didn't like,'' Jolly told Fairfax Media.

 

''The day he told me I was no longer needed at the club and they weren't going to renew my contract, the reasons he was giving me were all excuses, and that was probably the main disappointment; that he couldn't man up and tell me face-to-face why I wasn't going to be at the club.''

 

Jolly, who played only nine games in 2013 because of rib and knee injuries, said Buckley had told him: ''Your body's no good.'' But he says a personality clash between the pair was the main factor in the decision.

 

''Just the excuses he gave me in that meeting were all bullshit and that was the hardest thing to stomach, that he was a coward, really. We had a problem. He had an issue with me and I had an issue with him. And I'm not the only one. There's a lot of players there that are in that same boat.

 

''I'm not stupid. I accept that everyone's footy career comes to an end one day, but if 'Bucks' had just sat me down that day and said, 'Look, 'Jolls', you've given us fantastic service, but unfortunately the direction we want to go in, you don't fit into those plans' ... if he'd just treated me with a bit more respect, it would have been a lot easier to stomach.''

 

Jolly said he had remained silent about his exit from Collingwood until now, but didn't want to leave AFL football as a player after 13 seasons, without giving his version of events.

 

''I've bitten my lip for a long time now, but I'm not one to not speak my mind and say how it really is. I could easily turn around and just say, 'Yeah, that's what happens'. Don't get me wrong, there are some fantastic people at Collingwood, and I had a good time there. It's just a select few that are a bit of a problem, and unfortunately, I'm not the only one in that boat.''

 

Jolly disputed the seriousness of his knee problems. His most recent injury came in a training mishap that occurred after he had played well in the round 12 clash against the Western Bulldogs. ''I was averaging career-best disposals and 27 hitouts per game,'' he said. ''Up until I was injured at training, my knees had been fine for years, so that was an excuse.''

He remains bitterly disappointed at the lack of communication about his non-selection in Collingwood's side for the elimination final against Port Adelaide, having recovered to play four games in the VFL, and the Pies also without the injured Quinten Lynch.

 

''I was right to go. 'Bucks' knew I would have been waiting for a call from him to see whether I was in the mix, but he didn't call me at all during the week,'' Jolly said. ''I found out I wasn't in the team via the news and still after that at training he didn't give me an explanation. It was a bit of kick in the mouth, really.

 

''We all know how that game turned out. I'm sure I could have made a difference.''

Collingwood declined to comment on Wednesday night.

 


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Glad we didn't pick up this pillock. Nothing like a bit of humility and perspective. 

I am glad we didn't pick up this guy.. I didn't catch his article back in May but after reading it he seems to be a pretty ordinary bloke. With the need to have a settled and quieter year off field, we certainly don't need to be managing his or Dayle Garletts type at our club at the moment..

Sounds like a bitter old (ruck) man. So glad we didn’t pick him up.

Someone's bitter about Brodie Grundy.

The very reason he has spent his time at three different clubs, does not work well with others.

I missed the article earlier in the year so I didn't quite understand the general perception of Jolly, now I do.

The Pies have gone backwards since Buckley took over.

From player exodus to ‘player discontent’ to coaches just up and leaving.

Bag Mick Malthouse as much as you want! but he had the ability to get a list of players to buy in to a game plan and make the team competitive for a long period of time. As Jolly says, it’s similar to the way the Swans handled things.

I’m glad the Pies are sticking by Buckley. The more they do that, the less likely they are to be a dominant team.

Culture is a ‘buzz word’ but Buckley has festered and created the current culture at the club. Mick Malthouse had a ‘winning culture’ above anything else.

Jolly is a flog.

So let me get this right. Jolly is saying that Buckley didn't show him the respect he deserved for his loyal service, when this is the same guy who ditched Melbourne for more money and Sydney for more money?

The very reason he has spent his time at three different clubs, does not work well with others.

It's kinda like people who insist that the reason they are single is that every one of their ex's are biatches/■■■■■■■■.

I am a little shocked at the lack of you people having a crack at Buckley.

 

Meanwhile, Eddie has issued a fatwa against Jolly that all Collingwood supporters must obey.

Darren Jolly knows that there is no "I" in team, but he sure as hell knows that if you look hard enough you can find a "ME".

DH.

 

I don't think this is about Buckley. He's definitely got his critics. To me this is about an egomaniac without a sense of humility or appreciation of what he's got.

 

I don't know if Buckley has got the players onside, but I sure respect him for showing a bit of class and diplomacy in public.

■■■■ him.

have a go at one of ours will you you pretentious attention craving ill save my abuse once im absolutely positive no one wants me no good hack of a excuse for ruckman ■■■■■■.

Neil Daniher says hi.

DH.
 
I don't think this is about Buckley. He's definitely got his critics. To me this is about an egomaniac without a sense of humility or appreciation of what he's got.
 
I don't know if Buckley has got the players onside, but I sure respect him for showing a bit of class and diplomacy in public.

It's easy to show diplomacy in public when you know your job is secure over the next three or four years.
Buckley is lucky that the resources that Collingwood has is holding the club from spiralling down the ladder.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Pies miss the eight next season. Not on talent but because they are coached by an ego maniac who puts himself above club success.

DH.

 

I don't think this is about Buckley. He's definitely got his critics. To me this is about an egomaniac without a sense of humility or appreciation of what he's got.

 

I don't know if Buckley has got the players onside, but I sure respect him for showing a bit of class and diplomacy in public.

That's not the sort of even handed, well thought out response I've come to expect from the citizens of BB... Well played, sir. Well played.

Glad we decided to go with a young ruckman who hopefully will be part of the club for a few years.

 

So not unhappy about EFC ignoring Jolly, am very happy though that he had a parting shot at Bucks on the way out though....... I'm appreciative of any crap any other club and their supporters have to deal with.

 

The very reason he has spent his time at three different clubs, does not work well with others.

Or he left Melbourne for opportunity and then left Sydney for family reasons.

I am a little shocked at the lack of you people having a crack at Buckley.

 

Meanwhile, Eddie has issued a fatwa against Jolly that all Collingwood supporters must obey.

Shouldn't that be a fatwhaaaaaah?

how can he be bitter if he has played in 2 flags!? Maybe he is just bitter in the fact that no other club picked him up and is taking it out on Buckley. Would of preferred this to come out during the actual season, but oh well.