A WEL­COME SHAKE-UP

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

QThe league in­tro­duced the first in­car­na­tion of a draft sys­tem in 1981. How did that change your job in­stead of re­cruit­ing through zones?

AWe had metro and coun­try zones from the 1960s all through un­til that. And from the 12 sides we had, only six teams won a premier­ship in that pe­riod. Things needed to change be­cause those bot­tom sides, you ei­ther had a good zone or a bad zone in terms of Mel­bourne ar­eas and coun­try Vic­to­ria. When the un­der-19s club com­pe­ti­tion went out and the TAC Cup came in as well, that changed things and how we went about it.

QYour move from Colling­wood to Essendon made a few head­lines in 2014. Judkins left the Magpies after al­legedly pass­ing on in­for­ma­tion about play­ers to Essendon while still at Colling­wood. How do you re­flect on that now?

AEssendon was go­ing through their draft re­stric­tions be­cause of the drugs stuff that hap­pened a few years ago and they asked for some help at the bot­tom of the draft. The press wrote it up and it was bulls***. Ev­ery per­son I knew in footy rang me and said ‘you would not have done that’, and they were right. The pres­i­dent and CEO of Essendon wanted proof that I was still up to re­cruit­ing even though I was get­ting on in age and I did some ex­am­ples of work and com­pared a few AFL lists. Colling­wood said I was un­der­min­ing them but we never spoke about it. It was dis­ap­point­ing the way it played out.

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