Is the good Doctor Edelsten back in charge at the Swans? Will Buddy arrive in a pink Helicopter? Will the Swannettes be reactivated? Lance Franklin to the Swans, I see it but I don’t believe it!
I woke up yesterday at 6am to the cries of my 18 month old son Jack, expecting a pretty mundane day. A little bit of Peppa Pig, heat the bottle, change a nappy or two, grab a shower, punch through a day at work and head home for the night. Not to be.
I tuned into the ‘hard hitting’ Sunrise news bulletin and was informed the Swans had made a bid for Buddy but were expected to be blown out of the water. A bit of a surprise but 1000/1 I thought. What a silly idea, why did we need him I thought? Sunrise switch to a shameless Dancing with the Stars promo and I wonder if they will drag Sargeant Gilroy out of retirement for the next series. Hi ho its off to work I go.
The phone starts ringing at lunchtime. The Giants have thrown in their hand and it looks like we have Buddy. 9 years. You are kidding, the man is not KB?
Hysteria in the papers, words like cheating and rort are thrown around willy nilly. I am trying to get my head around things while copping it from any Hawks fan I know.
My initial thoughts.
1) This is a massive risk. 25% of the salary cap and all the eggs in the Tippett and Franklin basket. While Tippet played well this year I don’t think it worked structurally for us. How will the two fit in?
2) 9 years – can’t get my head around it
3) The Swans will now challenge the Pies as the most despised in the league
4) What happens in a few years when Jack, Hanners, Joey and others come knocking for more cash?
I’m a conservative type. I jump at shadows. I don’t like change. My reaction is predictable.
The cost of living debate is front and centre all day. When I was 21 I lived in Kings Cross for 12 months on 35k while I worked at the Olympics. I survived. The arse fell out of my pants a few times, I was nearly mugged twice, I was offered things by dodgy people in laneways and ladies with loose morals, however, I survived. I was frugal. I think a young Swan on 70k in a sharehouse would do ok.
The Swans have made their name in recent years by recycling players who wanted a chance. Now we appear to be after the big fish. This will change perceptions and views on the Swans. No longer will the famous ‘culture’ be talked about. In the immediate future we will be seen as the poachers. This sits uneasy with me.
The Swans recent marquee signings have worked. Lockett – tick, Hall – tick. Dermy – cross. Two out of three ain’t bad to quote Meatloaf.
Above all this my key feeling is that I should have faith in the powers that be at the Swans who made the decision. I can’t fault the recent track record. Put simple they make the right decisions at the right time. There has to be a strategy with this, they would know that the books will balance. To be working on this for 12 months and to keep it under wraps is a feat in itself.
I put my faith in the Swans management and cross my fingers that everything will fall into place. Time will tell.
I arrive home and inform young Jack of the recent developments. He cares little, a game of chassy and a episode of Little Charlie Bear is on his agenda. He will be 11 when Buddy’s contract expires.
Fingers crossed and along for the ride we go.