Yoshi on requesting trades because of homesickness

Surprisingly Gary Ablett Jr has been traded back to Geelong during AFL trade period. I had thought that his request wouldn’t be approved because of his age and how he became a Sun in 2010.

My prediction came up as Ablett  had fall outs with his former coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson, so I googled.

An article from News Ltd hit about how they had a big argument in 2010 in with regards Ablett’s contract. Thompson wanted Ablett to extend a contract with Geelong, but the player insisted it was not the coach’s business. Then their argument heated up and they wouldn’t talk.

It’s said that Ablett moved to Gold Coast for money. That’s fine as every player has different values and career plans.

But last year he requested the Suns to trade him back to Geelong.

I have never thought the deal would be made with his selfishness. Also Geelong traded Stevie Johnson and had a mutual agreement with Jimmy Bartel to retire in order to develop young players. Then there would be no room for Ablett.

As Steven Moptop was traded to Port Adelaide, Ablett’s trade deal was done. His sister’s passing away could make the deal done so that he could be close to his family.

I am not discussing how the trade deal will affect Geelong with their play list, but would like to write about players’ insights and how trade deals affect clubs.

In my perception, many young players want to go home from Queensland (Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns) and a baby club of GWS Giants.

As rugby states, these clubs recruit kids from other states. Young people in general have been more likely spoiled by their parents from childhood, I think.

Being in a strange city and state, it could be hard to be in a social network and to talk to someone about emotion, stresses and other issues.

It would be easier to talk such issues with family and close friends. As former Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson mentions, AFL coaches spend more time to mentor young players for off field issues, I can imagine how hard it is playing AFL footy and having to address their issues.

I’m not sure about cultural differences in states, but playing footy with a low number of audiences in rugby states may not motivate young footballers. Then they may feel homesick for their native state where footy is much more popular.

This week, coaching legend Mick Malthouse spoke up the issue on SEN. He thinks losing young players in a few years after being drafted is unfair for some clubs.

I agree with him. Players are coached and start developing and showing skills. Before their highest and peak skills are reached, the first club is losing the talented and key player. Then the club can’t perform well on field.

This trend is unfair to players from Tasmania, ACT and NT where no AFL club has been established, Malthouse says. Boys from these states just get up and do their jobs outside the native state; otherwise they don’t play AFL footy.

Strong supporting bases are needed to motivate players as well as to look after them, I think. And I suggest these players to socialise more and discuss their emotions to feel better.

Being in a solid and strong social network is needed as the nature of human beings. I understand their loneliness as a person who barely socialises here in Kyoto. I wish I could help these footballers more.

What are your thoughts?

By the way, I will be in Melbourne next week. Can’t wait visiting the footy diehard city. Arriving there on Wednesday morning. See you on Friday night at North Fitzroy Arms Hotel!

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

A Japanese Saints diehard with huge passions. The Western Bulldogs won the flag in 2016 and Richmond followed in 2017, so why not St Kilda in 2018? Like my St Kilda, I strive and work hard to achieve my life goals both in profession and my private life. Sadly I missed watching footy while my favourite Nick Riewoldt was playing and when St Kilda had Anzac Day clashes in Wellington. But I am excited to be back in Melbourne in July 2018 for two St Kilda matches. Now I am a player for the Osaka Dingoes Footy Club, as well as a public relations officer. My stories of footy in Asia including the Dingoes news can be found on World Footy News.


  1. Pamela Sherpa says:

    Welcome to Australia Yoshi. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about footy mad Melbourne . Even though it’s the off season, footy is never far from the surface. Lap it up and enjoy it .
    Regarding your article ;the go home factor is interesting isn’t it?

    Cheers . Pamela

  2. Hi Pamela,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Yes the go home factor is interesting but makes some clubs difficultly in keeping good play list.

    Actually I am still in Japan and flying out Japan tomorrow. I am arriving at Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

    Are you coming to North Fitzroy Arms on Friday night?



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