A Statement from the Club re Kyle Hartigan
Like his mates and all young footballers, Kyle Hartiganâ€™s dream is to play AFL Football. The former Western Jet was overlooked in the 2009 National and Rookie drafts.
His burning desire and ambition then became to give himself the best possible chance of keeping his name in front of AFL recruiters in the hope of being the next Dale Morris, Robin Nahas or Michael Barlow (a VFL player drafted to an AFL Club)
Kyle believed that the Werribee Football Club offered him the best chance to further his football dream. With that in mind, both parties have pursued the official channels to solve the situation.
Unfortunately there is no happy ending.
The Werribee Football Club is extremely disappointed that a new rule has meant that Kyle is not allowed to be a Werribee player. The club is also confused that the AFL Victoria appeal process failed to take into account the best interests of Kyle Hartigan as expressed by Kyle himself.
In recent years the Werribee Football Club has given a pathway to the AFL to Michael Barlow (Fremantle) James Podsiadly (Geelong) Ben Hudson & Dale Morris (Western Bulldogs)
The club has nurtured their talents and the results speak for themselves.
The Werribee Football Club has not given any financial support to the AFL clubs who drafted these players.
VFL Football should be about giving players a chance to be the best they can be. The Werribee Football Club believes this has not been the case for Kyle Hartigan and the end result is not in his best interests or that of football in general.