When we hit rock bottom last year BA was gone for all money...... I think we can all agree on that. I was a long term BA supporter but I had turned against him because of what I saw as flagrant nepotism to Jake. I started off thinking he was an ok fill in, but it quickly became obvious he was not up to first grade level. It was with particulat interest when he was back in reggies that I watched his game to see how he had developed. He was hopeless and the next week he was in first grade filling in for Dyllan I think.
When our fortunes looked like they were at rock bottom, we revived and had a great end to the season.
I was not convinced that BA engineered the revival as much as the players, who had given up in a few games, Manly, Souths, Easts come to mind......I then rationalised what maybe were their thoughts, ( I stress maybe, how could anyone know). I believed they realised that a number of them had contracts coming due and they needed to pull their finger out. I also accept that Mahoney, Moses and both Browns had injuries through this period but that is not to say the attitude amongst the players was a happy one!
I can remember blogging at the time and saying that consciously they may have not personalised BA's actions but maybe subconsciously thay had. They all knew notwithstanding the rhetoric that Jake was not up to it, despite his initial good game.
They had played all year chasing the collision, little to emphasis on attack and match plans that were so boring it was tedious. Hardly anything inspiring about BA's work.
I am now suggesting whilst there was not a player conspiracy but deep down each and every player would have been asking do we want to be here playing with BA again ,,,,,when considering the various offers and maybe commentary be given to the clubs they were negotiating with......
Yes I am saying the loyalty that I question about our players may never have been the difference of staying or leaving, once the offers started coming.
This turns out to be an attack on BA but I am not sure that is what I want, but I can't help smelling something like this when trying to rationalise the disloyalty I now see.
The manager maybe an arsehole, there doesn't seem much doubt about that but the other critiques are just sour grapes on our part i.e attacking and hating anything that dares to be taken as our property.
These players are leaving and I think confidentially the exiting players and maybe a couple of others should be interviewed confidentially by the CEO and have the question asked, do you think all the players are particularly loyal to BA,,,,,, maybe they will have enough loyalty left to tell the truth?
Sorry, I thought of this, so I wrote it.