Roos backs clubs for stand­ing firm

Mercury (Hobart) - - BOXING, FOOTBALL -

PAUL Roos has ap­plauded Syd­ney and Essendon for hold­ing on to Tom Pap­ley and Joe Dani­her de­spite trade re­quests, say­ing play­ers had held clubs “to ran­som” for too long.

And Roos says John Wors­fold’s ego-free ap­proach to his ten­ure at Essendon will lay the per­fect plat­form for his coach­ing han­dover to Ben Rut­ten for 2021. Syd­ney premier­ship coach Roos had lived through two suc­cess­ful coach­ing han­dovers — to John Long­mire in Syd­ney and Si­mon Good­win at Mel­bourne.

He has also seen an aborted trade turn into a pos­i­tive as Swans mid­fielder Ryan O’Keefe won a Norm Smith Medal at Syd­ney sev­eral years after his de­mand to leave ran aground. Roos said yes­ter­day he had no doubts Dani­her could suc­cess­fully in­te­grate back into Essendon de­spite of­fi­cially re­quest­ing a trade.

“I don’t think there would be any prob­lems [with Dani­her re­turn­ing],” Roos said.

“Clubs are sick of play­ers hold­ing them to ran­som. We saw that shift with Pap­ley and Dani­her and Brad Hill last year not get­ting traded.”

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