GWS Poaching

I’ve seen it happen before, we all have. Weeks and weeks of speculation, concern, hope. From Round 1 to Grand Final Day, the interest in the matter does not falter. Whether you be a number one draft pick, or an absolute champion of the game, the spotlight does not miss you. The media focuses on your hand, watching to see if you’ve been practicing how to sign on the dotted line.

It’s going to be a long season. Fortunately, so far we’ve avoided the spotlight thrust on the AFL by the two new teams in the competitions. Bloodthirsty mobs. They take and take and take. They throw cash in the faces of 21 year olds, they make deals with your father , they keep mum about the signature you’ve given them weeks prior.

North Melbourne have avoided all of that. Some teams have been hit twice. Adelaide, the Western Bulldogs. Young talent stricken from their grasp. For all the young talent the Roos have stockpiled in the past few years, we can’t spare even one. I don’t care how much money they throw at us, hell, they could probably offer more than what our entire club runs on, but I demand and expect nothing but absolute loyalty. I can’t stand the thought of him running around in orange and charcoal. Seriously? Worse than brown and gold.

For all it’s worth, Ryan Bastinac, you have my faith and respect. Don’t make me lose it on you. But it’s going to be a long year of speculation.

About Josh Barnstable

21 year old North Melbourne supporter from country Victoria. Currently living in Melbourne studying a Bachelor of Sports Media. Dreams of becoming a sports journalist and broadcaster.


  1. Andrew Else says:

    Ditto M Hurley

  2. Richard Naco says:

    Bastinac’s up and active in the fourth estate today expressing his deep passion for and undying committment to all things Shinboner.

    Unless he’s also expected to chip in $150 to keep the club afloat. (OK, I may have misinformed somewhat on that last particular detail.)

    (Which probably means that he’s a cert to go when his contract splutters out next year.)


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