There is always that weighing game professional athletes must play in deciding whether to chase glory in exchange for less in the way of salary, or to take a big check and hope to contribute to a resurgence by a lesser team.
That says dual North Melbourne Kangaroos’ player David King, is something that may ultimately affect the ability of the Roos to attract players of the Josh Kelly and Dustin Martin calibre.
King says that the senior players have been letting the side down, and he has a valid point in the example of the Roos failing to have the win against the Fremantle Dockers when Todd Goldstein missed a shot on goal in the waning seconds of a four-point loss in Fremantle.
That win would have meant precious little, as North is barely above the Brisbane Lions on the ladder, but in terms of attracting top-flight off-contract talent, wooden spoons are not the sort of utensils an AFL team brags of when trying to improve its fortunes.
North Melbourne is rebuilding, even though the managed to get into the finals last year as the eighth seed, but they were quickly dispatched, which came as a surprise to no one, when they had to venture down to the Adelaide Oval for a game that resulted in a 62-point defeat at the hands of the Crows.
With regard to the Roos being able to attract marquee players, King said, “I wonder, outside looking in — they’re trying to get Kelly, they’re trying to get Martin, trying to get those players — do they sit there and say ‘gee if I’m there, we probably win that game.’”
Opinions such as those are difficult with which to argue, but footy players are naturally competitive, and many would chose winning over money most days, unless they were older and had little time left on the clock, or had already experienced adequate glory.