Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
It was a mid-season trading period during the mid-season break he suggested - no split-round next year.
I like it although it's a tad dodgy for the players who wouldn't want to uproot unless they were completely frozen out of the first 22 and were desperate for action - although would these disaffected players who were eager to move be assured of regular footy elsewhere anyway?
You could also see a situation where a snotty-nosed brat who got picked up by West Coast or Adelaide in the November Draft could have his agent pushing for a move back home to Sydney or Melbourne after just half a season at the club.
"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.
Last edited by dyertribe; November 4th, 2002 at 05:15.