Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
The same reason we rate/d Fitzgerald, Ottens, Pavlich, N. Holland, Carey, Schell, etc ... As you know, we don't have a decent quality forward and I guess the Crow heirachy were desperate to land the big fella ... still Sugar and a decent draft-pick is a bit much.
Just on Fitzgerald, I cannot believe how the Crows have coveted the guy for so long - even after his 56 shoulder/knee/funnybone reconstructions.
He's 25 going on 26 and has only ever played one full season of league football in his life and that was 5 years ago for South Adelaide! Before that he was playing for Port Noarlunga in the Southern Football League on my side of town - he was invited to South training by then coach Ken Applegarth after he got BOG in the SFL Grand Final (about as good as getting BOG in a game of backyard cricket) and had that one storming year in the SANFL before being drafted by the Swans.
What I cannot understand is why after all those years of sitting on his arse he didn't build himself up in the weightroom or in the swimming pool! He's always been a stickman playing a key-position post that requires the strength and bulk of someone like a Leppitsch, Carey, Tredrea, etc - he's always been an accident waiting to happen.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.