Roos backs clubs for standing firm
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.”