AFL: Judd decides against Dons, Demons
Author: Mr. News
Posted: 10/01 05:10 AM
Judd decides against Dons, Demons
Scott Spits | October 1, 2007 - 3:10PM
Essendon and Melbourne are out of the race to secure the signature of superstar Chris Judd, with the former West Coast skipper telling the Demons their training facilities aren't up to scratch.
Judd, who barracked for the Demons as a youngster, met four former Melbourne-based clubs - Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Melbourne - in the past two weeks after informing the Eagles he wanted to leave Perth after six seasons with West Coast.
But Melbourne chief executive Steve Harris said Judd's management informed the Demons today the 2004 Brownlow Medallist was concerned by the club's training facilities at the Junction Oval.
Sources at Essendon also confirmed contact today from Judd's management today ruling the Bombers out of contention.
Harris said: "Chris' management advised us this morning that Chris had been somewhat surprised by the quality of our club presentation and strategies, and it was a difficult decision.
"However, the club's training facilities at Junction Oval and the need to train at a variety of grounds over summer was an issue," Harris said on melbournefc.com.au.
"It's well known that new state of the art facilities are due for completion at Olympic Park within two years, but we do have this comparative disadvantage."
Harris said the club was disappointed by Judd's stance but was pleased the Demons were in contention for his services while other AFL clubs weren't even considered.
"While it is very disappointing that Chris will be playing elsewhere next year, the club ought to be quietly satisfied that it had got itself from being a rank 'no hope' outsider to being very competitive in the pursuit, and ahead of many clubs who failed to even get his attention.
"This outcome will only sharpen the need for the whole club to work together to ensure we have fully competitive facilities and resources."
Source: The Age