BOOMER READY TO JOIN IRONMEN 400 CLUB
NO news is good news for Geelong, as Patrick Dangerfield’s D- Day passed without an announcement on his future.
Dangerfield met with manager Paul Connors yesterday for the first time in six weeks, sparking expectations of an announcement about the superstar free agent.
But silence could bode well for Geelong as, under AFL rules, Adelaide is the only club Dangerfield can commit to – publicly at least – until the transfer window opens at the end of the season.
Sources at Geelong last night remained hopeful of luring Dangerfield, although privately concede the landscape has changed in the wake of the shocking death of Crows coach Phil Walsh.
The Cats are willing to be patient and respect Dangerfield’s space, given the unforeseen circumstances, and do not expect a decision to be made either way any time soon.
Dangerfield’s teammates believe he is only a 50- 50 chance of staying at the Crows.
And they understand Dangerfield’s final decision will be heavily influenced by his ties to family at Moggs Creek – a case no Adelaide player is prepared to argue against.
The Crows have placed no deadline. Dangerfield will break his silence today in a weekly radio interview.
THE traffic was kind to Michael Tuck as he drove in for Brent Harvey’s 400th game media conference.
The former Hawthorn champion, who holds the AFL games record with 426, was in the car for only 45 minutes as he made his way to Arden St from Berwick.
Now 62, Tuck still runs a plumbing business and had spent the morning helping lay a few drainage pipes.
“I was working this morning, not because I want to work but because I’ve got no money,’’ Tuck joked. “These blokes are making it all. We got peanuts in our day.’’
“These blokes’’ were the other members of the AFL’s 400 club. On Saturday “Boomer’’ Harvey will become the fourth 400- gamer behind Tuck, Richmond’s Kevin Bartlett ( 402) and Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher ( 400).
Harvey is excited about joining the exclusive club against the Lions, but “at the end of the day I want to put my arms around my teammates and sing the song’’.
“KB actually said to me the other week that him and Tucky normally catch up in a phone booth, but that the four of us now will have to catch up at the post office,’’ Harvey said.
400 CLUB: Brent Harvey with Dustin Fletcher, Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett.