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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    Johnson to GWS feels right. He can stay in Sydney, and if it works out, GWS will have a Shaw replacement.
    They are in the premiership window, and can take a punt.
    Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    Johnson to GWS feels right. He can stay in Sydney, and if it works out, GWS will have a Shaw replacement.
    They are in the premiership window, and can take a punt.
    Actually, from a GW$ perspective, it would be good PR. Offering a lifeline to a league-wide loved player cast who was mercilessly aside by his club in his darkest hour. I’m not saying that what we did, but if I was GW$ that’s how I would sell it. He would come cheaply (off-field role for 2019, then yet another rookie contract). It might turn some supporters GW$’s way too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markwebbos View Post
    Someone explain this to me. Having turned down exactly such a role at the Swans, AJ may take an off-field role at another club, such as North Melbourne

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    The six-time ACL victim will meet with multiple clubs including North Melbourne in coming weeks but to discuss an off-field role in development of welfare.

    He has made it clear he wants to play at an AFL clubs next year but to be honest that is an extreme longshot.

    What could be more likely is that he rehabs his knee while working at a club next year and then if all goes well gets onto a rookie list for the 2020 season.
    Rhys Shaw is at North
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Big Cat View Post
    Rhys Shaw is at North
    That, plus I imagine it would be tough for AJ to take a role that involved him interacting with his previous colleagues, particularly while he still desperately wants to be one of them. He'll witness the camaraderie between them and, while I am sure friendships will endure, there must be an invisible line between the playing group and the support staff. It will be tough for him in such a role at any AFL club but probably easier where he hasn't known his charges in another capacity.

    I'd love it if he wanted to stay at the Swans but can fully understand why he might think a change of scene is better for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liz View Post
    That, plus I imagine it would be tough for AJ to take a role that involved him interacting with his previous colleagues, particularly while he still desperately wants to be one of them. He'll witness the camaraderie between them and, while I am sure friendships will endure, there must be an invisible line between the playing group and the support staff. It will be tough for him in such a role at any AFL club but probably easier where he hasn't known his charges in another capacity.

    I'd love it if he wanted to stay at the Swans but can fully understand why he might think a change of scene is better for him.
    Thoughtful and probably accurate post. No slight on the Swans.

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    He'd probably just prefer to go home to Melbourne to be closer to family and friends

    Plus it appears that the Swans have indicated to him that his time is up and his chances of ever getting relisted are slim to none

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    Can speculate all we want.
    Could also suggest that he is ungrateful and bitter towards the Swans if he accepts the same role at another club as offered to him by the club that stood by him for all those years.
    Will have to wait and see how it develops.
    Hard to fault the Swans though
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    Quote Originally Posted by caj23 View Post
    He'd probably just prefer to go home to Melbourne to be closer to family and friends

    Plus it appears that the Swans have indicated to him that his time is up and his chances of ever getting relisted are slim to none
    ....and fair enough too. No one could ever accuse the Swans of not being loyal to Alex Johnson. Most clubs would have discarded him years ago.....

    Quote Originally Posted by 09183305 View Post
    Actually, from a GW$ perspective, it would be good PR. Offering a lifeline to a league-wide loved player cast who was mercilessly aside by his club in his darkest hour. I’m not saying that what we did, but if I was GW$ that’s how I would sell it. He would come cheaply (off-field role for 2019, then yet another rookie contract). It might turn some supporters GW$’s way too
    .....and if GWS indeed "sell it" that way, some fans may turn against them knowing that "sell" is just not true....knowing that the Swans actually stuck by AJ for six long years in the hope he could return, which he did. Most fans know the commercial realities of running a club and managing their player list and would see the Swans decision to delist AJ as a common sense reality, because......it was.

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    AJ was interviewed by Hamish Mc as the main guest speaker at yesterday’s GF Eve lunch at Crown. 20 or so minutes answering questions about his whole career with pics and footage. 1500 people and aside from gasps and groans of sympathy and the odd sniffing back of tears, you could have heard a pin drop. Very moving presentation.

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