Dar­ley to take field for Demons

Mercury (Hobart) - - TSL, AFL - ADAM SMITH

NORTH Ho­bart coach Richard Robin­son has al­layed fears one of the club’s big­gest stars will not be lin­ing up in the TSL next sea­son.

Robin­son’s phone went into over­drive yes­ter­day morn­ing when for­mer Glenorchy premier­ship player Daniel Muir — who is now play­ing coach for Lee­ton in NSW — posted on the Crows’ Face­book page that Sam Dar­ley had com­mit­ted to the side for 2020.

Dar­ley, who is based in Mel­bourne, re­turned to the Demons this sea­son, sign­ing a two-year deal af­ter AFL stints with Greater West­ern Syd­ney and the West­ern Bull­dogs, as well as cap­tain­ing Rich­mond’s VFL team.

How­ever it ap­pears Dar­ley will not miss any State League com­mit­ments with the Demons, play­ing only for Lee­ton when North Ho­bart has a bye.

“If Sam’s body per­mits, he will play games for them when we have the bye,” Robin­son said.

“He has some friends up there and wants to have a kick with them.”

The stick­ing point may come when the trans­fer dead­line of June 30 ap­proaches, with Dar­ley then locked into one club for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

Muir, who was part of Glenorchy’s 2016 premier­ship team, said he sounded Dar­ley out when he heard he had moved back to Mel­bourne, and is hope­ful the gun mid­fielder will play at least three or four games.

“I’m not sure how many games he will play, we have to wait un­til the ros­ters come up and ne­go­ti­ate when they have their weeks off,” Muir said.

“I’ve just dealt with Sam so far, I wouldn’t mind hav­ing a chat with ‘Bear’ [Robin­son] and see­ing what the go is.

“Get­ting some­one of the cal­i­bre of Sam com­mit cer­tainly helps us with re­cruit­ing and gets a bit of ex­cite­ment back around Lee­ton.

“It was a flat year last year af­ter a few good sea­sons.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.