Sil­vagni draws cur­tain af­ter decades with Blues

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JON AN­DER­SON AFL

FIVE years af­ter cer­e­mo­ni­ously rid­ing his white horse back into the sur­rounds of the club he loves, Stephen Sil­vagni will say good­bye to those who matter and leave in com­ing days.

Sil­vagni, 52, who has cho­sen not to ac­cept a new but un­de­fined role with the club, will most likely take a com­plete break from a foot­balling in­dus­try that has dom­i­nated his adult life since he made his de­but in 1985. Tasked with de­liv­er­ing the big­gest list over­haul in Carl­ton’s his­tory, Sil­vagni has de­liv­ered what most see as an ex­cit­ing list, al­beit one that is yet to achieve any­thing of note.

Sil­vagni was very much of the mind­set that “new” and “old” Carl­ton were ir­rel­e­vant when com­pared with ev­ery­one on staff work­ing in the best in­ter­ests of the club.

He will leave with sat­is­fac­tion in the be­lief he ful­filled the orig­i­nal mantra de­liv­ered him by his board, and in do­ing so pre­pared a list for coach David Teague that holds con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial.

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