IT WASN’T MEANT TO BE
Q AYou have made your name as a recruiter. How did you go as a player?
I only played under-19s and reserves in 1963, ’64 and ’65 at Richmond. I played under Ray Jordon (right), who was the wicketkeeper for Victoria. I went up for a mark playing against Carlton in 1965 and I came down and broke my ankle. I still walk with a limp now. I then went to Sandringham and did my hamstring at least 10 times over the next two years. I gave it away as a 23-year-old. I went to play at Mordialloc after getting super fit and having some time off. I eventually did a knee and I thought: ‘The big fella upstairs does not want me playing footy so I will not play.’