THIS IS NOT A KNEE-JERK REACTION: WATSON
AFL great Tim Watson has given his take on the Jake Stringer trade situation.
Watson believes that when a coach who is as well credentialed as Luke Beveridge falls out with a player, serious questions need to be asked of the player.
“When a coach like Bevo falls out with a player like Jake Stringer and loses faith and confidence in him, for me the alarm bells start to go off immediately about the player,” Watson said on SEN radio.
“Why is he prepared now, Luke Beveridge, for the right deal to move on a 23-year-old All-Australian?
“This is not a knee-jerk reaction. The Dogs have tried every which way to reach, placate and deal with Stringer and fold him into the pack. They have only wanted complete buy-in. He is only wanting to put down a 10 per cent deposit.”
Stringer has already attracted plenty of interest from rival clubs, with Essendon and Geelong leading the way.
However, Watson says Stringer will need to change his attitude or he will find himself in the same situation at his next club.
“He’s young, extremely talented and a match winner, but he will find himself in the same position down the track if he doesn’t change, doesn’t mature and he doesn’t adhere to the rules and structures that make a team great,” he said.
“It’s said a leopard never changes its spots, they get bigger or smaller. It’s time for Jake to shrink his.”