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footyman
Travis Tuck

Fantastic news that he's has served his suspension and is now getting his life back on track.

But what ever happened to players making their way back from long term lay offs through the reserves? Sure, Travis has been out of footy for different reasons, and I'm not close enough to the situation to know what his attitude has been like, nor to know how he has been performing on the training track.

What I do know is that Werribee have a loyal group of players who have been around the club for a while, yet can't crack a senior game at the moment. They also have a group of fresh faces out of the TAC Cup - boys whose dreams got placed on hold when their names weren't called out by an AFL club late last year.

Travis signed with the Tigers on the eve of the VFL season, long after all the players mentioned above had sweated their guts out two or three nights a week during a gruelling pre-season.

He hasn't played a competitive game of footy since the practice matches in March. That's two months ago. There are plenty of suburban footy clubs in Melbourne who wouldn't even throw a player into the seniors after such a long break. Yet, we have a VFL club doing it.

I'm sorry, but handing Travis a senior game after such a long lay off appears to be nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt. I thought the Werribee Footy Club stood for more than that.

bcarbonaro

His attitude and all that sort of thing has been absolutely first rate, Footyman.

He's been training three times a week along with an extra session usually before the reserves during each of the weeks that he wasn't able to play.

I don't think it was a publicity stunt at all, his attitude and fitness obviously impressed our match committee enough to select him in our senior side.

BTW, was good to catch up with you yesterday.

footyman

[quote=bcarbonaro]His attitude and all that sort of thing has been absolutely first rate, Footyman.

He's been training three times a week along with an extra session usually before the reserves during each of the weeks that he wasn't able to play.

I don't think it was a publicity stunt at all, his attitude and fitness obviously impressed our match committee enough to select him in our senior side.[/quote]
Might have to agree to disagree on this one Ben.

Obviously yesterday the Bullants played Matt Kreuzer after a long lay off as well, I certainly disagree with that scenario. Fancy selecting a player who will only play half a game! Compromised the Bullants chances of winning.

The VFL is very unique, very few competitions would see a player return to a senior team after two months out of the game.

The Bullants and Werribee have made a decision to allow players to come straight in. Casey made Fev play in the reserves before he was eligible for senior selection - that's my preferred option.

I'm a massive believer in players having to earn a game, not through what they do at training or what they do behind the scenes, but what they do on the footy field in a match situation.

Clearly someone was putting Tuck's selection out there for publicity during the week. It was probably the worst kept secret in VFL footy that he would be straight back into the seniors.

Werribee have recruited very, very well. This year they have a terrific list which boasts a lot of depth, as proven by the way their reserves are performing. I think they will be right up there as contenders in both the senior and reserve competitions. Great win yesterday at both levels, but I just hope they haven't set a dangerous precident for themselves.