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STANGA
Carmody and Harrison to leave Scoprs . . . possibly
[quote][b]Scorpions stars weigh up futures[/b] THE fallout from former Casey Scorpions coach Peter Banfield’s resignation is far from over, with star veterans Steven Harrison and Nigel Carmody set to leave. Banfield, 41, quit his post after the Scorpions decided to advertise his position last month. Harrison’s father John, the former chairman of the football executive at the club, also walked out after the decision. Speaking after winning his fifth Gardner-Clark Medal on Friday night, Steve Harrison, 27, revealed his disgust at how Casey had treated Banfield. “I think all the young guys are fine and understand this is what happens in football, and I understand that a bit as well,” he said. “But people keep telling me it’s a business and a corporation, but this club has never been that to me and it’s never been that over a period of time – we would never have survived if it was. “If I wasn’t emotional about the club, I wouldn’t have the memories I do and wouldn’t have played the way I did for the jumper and the club over that period of time.” Despite saying he was still considering his position at the Scorpions, an MPNFL Peninsula league source confirmed this week that Harrison was expected to sign with Chelsea this weekend. The former Casey captain has a close friendship with Chelsea and ex-Scorpions player Taylor Irish. Harrison said he had spoken with up to 10 teams, but was never going to play for another Victorian Football League (VFL) side. Casey captain Carmody, who was runner-up in the Gardner-Clark Medal, is also weighing up his options after the Banfield saga. “I won’t deny that Pete’s departure hasn’t got something to do with it, but I’m at a point in my career where I look at every year very carefully and will do for every remaining year of my career,” Carmody said. “I’ll be looking at my options more than I ever have.” Prahran resident Carmody will remain in the VFL, but is likely to move to an inner-city club. If both Harrison and Carmody, who are 10-year players at the Scorpions, are to leave, Casey will have no players over the age of 24 following Troy Makepeace’s decision last month to play for Moe next year. Carmody is disenchanted with the board and agreed with Harrison’s questioning of its ‘business’ mantra. “If the club wants to embrace a general level of professionalism, what’s good for the coach should be good enough for everyone across the organisation,” he said. “The only way teams, whether in business or football, get better is if everyone is judged on the same basis. “The expectation that only the best will do should exist across the whole organisation, but I’m not sure whether that’s the case at the moment.” The role St Kilda is playing in the coaching situation is also a concern for Harrison. “The club has always been very adamant about not losing its own culture. That’s important to me as a player,” he said. “The alignment (with the Saints) this year was probably the best it’s been. I think it was handled well. “That was a really good aspect, but it’s just up in the air and it’s really frustrating because we really thought we were doing something over the last three years. “I honestly believe in the next two years if Peter stayed on board, with the playing list we were developing, we were a massive chance to win the flag.” The search for the new Scorpions coach is reaching fever point, with the club making a shortlist of five individuals on Monday. Former St Kilda star and two-time Narre Warren premiership coach Austinn Jones did not apply for the position.[/quote] By Marc McGowan Star New Group
NorthPort
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[quote]Prahran resident Carmody will remain in the VFL, but is likely to move to an inner-city club.[/quote] Could Carmody line up for Port Melbourne in 2008? With the rumours about losing Tim Hazell to Tasmania, I believe the Borough may be looking for a person of Nigel's experience.

 


vfa
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Why not recruit Harrison as well. They are both former team mates of David Pitt when Pitty played for the scorpions. They would be handy players at Port. If Banfield was recruited to Port as coach the chances for Harrison and Carmody to play at North Port Oval increases.
iceman
I honestly don't think either would go to another VFL club. And I would be heartbroken if either did. I think if Nudge were to go anywhere it may be back to Springvale Districts, I think they were Souther FL Div 1 premiers this year. The Fact that both of them, Particularly Nudge who has worked extremely hard to get his chance to Skipper the side are again weighing up their options I think speaks Volumes for their respect for Banfield, and the way the situation was handled. I think if those 2 were to move on we may have trouble keepeing Mathews as well, who Banfield played a major role in getting to the club anyway. So as it stands at the moment there is possibility we will lose: Harrison Carmody Mathews Makepiece Thats the top 3 B&F's plus assistant coach. It could well turn the club on its head. The board need to find a way to keep them, as a supporter, they are 4 players who you actually love going to watch play footy, and all are unlucky to have either not played Football at AFL level, or in makepiece's case, not still be playing. Let s see what happens, I beg to dear god though they stay...
iceman
Just saw the article on the front Page. It pains me to see Nudge leave, however it was well stated that a fair bit of it had to do with the Banfield saga. I honestly thought that once the dirt settled he was more then an even chance to stay. I hope that we can at least keep Harro. And it will be interesting to see what happens with our Coaches now the Fletcher has been giving a nod, then taken a role with Brisbane,m nothing wrong with that, but all of a sudden the club might be facing ramifications of their Coacing decision...
STANGA
Youch! That hurts. Especailly to Collingwood! Didn't see anything like that happening! A Collingwood player! Thought he was above that!
NorthPort
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Yeah I also was surprised by the Magpies signing Carmody. It's a terrific get by them, and if they can recruit people of his calibre, they will be very competitive even as early as next year.

 


Marasco
Obviously the pies are following the model of geelong in the VFl with a mature age recruit to help develop the younger guys and also to have abit of leadership out there. Very similar to james burne in the geelong side with the pies now going for carmody to play this role with the pies VFl side. They'll be alright the pies no doubt about that and i don't support them as a team so i'm not being bias either.
footyman
I find it quite surprising. He gave terrific service to the Springvale/Casey football clubs, has been a fantastic player in the competition and the media work he does with Oval TV and Casey Radio to promote the competition is first class. But I probably won't be the first person to wonder if there's some conflict of interest between his day job as a player manager, and this role with the Collingwood Football Club. We've seen a lot of player managers also work in the media, but I don't know if we've seen any involved with an actual AFL club.
iceman
The fact that it's Collingwood leaves me with a Hollow feeling inside... But he does have family connections with with his Grandfather. He has been a true Clubman for 10 years now, and the club would have been right up S#*t creek if it wasn't for him and Harro sticking around in tough times. Thanks Nudge for your Service, and Good Luck in '08, I look forward to pumping Collingwood at Casey Fields underlights next season :wink: (you can play well as long as we win :lol: :lol: )
iceman
It has also been confirmed via the Scorptalk forum that Steve Harrison has retired and taken up a a playing Coach role at MPNFL club Chelsea, pretty heartbreaking day for the club.

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