SHEEDY WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q ATell me about work­ing with the great Kevin Sheedy?

I shared an of­fice with him at Richmond while he was still play­ing. He worked in the schools pro­mot­ing the game while still play­ing. At the end of 1980, he took the job coach­ing at Essendon un­der the pro­viso he had a re­cruit­ing man as the na­tional draft was only a few years away from com­ing in. Sheedy (right) wanted to be a step ahead of ev­ery­one else. Be­ing a Richmond per­son, it was a tough de­ci­sion for me to go. Sheeds was fan­tas­tic to work with. He had a dif­fer­ent phi­los­o­phy on footy than what we grew up with. He wanted to bring a harder edge and he lifted the train­ing stan­dards.

QYou spent time at Essendon, Colling­wood and Richmond. Do you con­sider your­self an Essendon per­son?

AI sup­pose so be­cause we won four pre­mier­ships that I was in­volved with. I got one at Colling­wood too but I loved work­ing at all three clubs. The move from Essendon to Colling­wood in 1997 was a real chal­lenge.

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