Tom Scully was selected as the Number 1 draft pick in the 2008 AFL Draft by the Melbourne Football Club. Tom clearly was and is one of the best youngsters running around. In the recent years it hasn’t been just the next opponent that AFL clubs have had to worry about, it’s been the AFL’s new 17th and 18th clubs, the Gold Coast Suns and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Last year we saw Geelong champions Gary Ablett Jnr take the big $1 million and left for Sunshine coast. It left many Geelong fans disappointed. How could their champion had left for the money? This time in 2011 it’s Tom Scully who’s under the pump.
The way the AFL have set up the 2 new teams has given them a giant cheque book, to go on an endless shopping spree in the AFL market, giving them the power to tear apart teams, like Melbourne who are on the rise. Unlike fellow first round pick Jack Trengove, Tom has kept his cards close to chest. Earlier in the year Jack Trengove fronted the media announcing that he wished to be a ‘one club player’, which at least gives the Demons the re-assurance that he will stay at Melbourne.
“The problem with the new teams entering the competition, is that they’re forcing the younger players to lie to their friends, family and team-mates. Making them be dishonest if they’re staying or leaving” as quoted by Jim Stynes
If the rumours are true Tom could earn up to $1 million a year on a 5 year contract. Going to GWS would put Toms Finals and Grand Finals dream back about 10 or so years. Melbourne will and should do absolutely everything possible to keep Tom at the club. Imagine what the Melbourne outfit would look without him. They would loss a key midfielder who could possibly be future captain of the club, it would be a devastating result. The Demons should just put the paper in-front of Tom and ask for his signature, as they have many times before. But as usual it’s “I and my management have decided put negotiations off untill the end of the year”.
The Melbourne Footy Club have done absolutely everything for you Tom. They’re putting so much time and effort into you to build you up to the player you are and will continue to do so. Why should the club waste their time and money on you if your going to be gone at the end of the year?
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