Delisted Collingwood small forward Alan Didak knew that his time with the Magpies would be up at the end of this season, but believes that he has another couple of seasons to offer another club, his manager Adam Ramanauskas has said.
Didak, who spent much of the season playing for Collingwood’s VFL side, was sacked on Tuesday after 13 seasons and 218 games with the club. He had managed just 16 games in the past two seasons, and five senior matches in 2013.
However, Ramanauskas told SEN that Didak had the desire to play on and significantly had been showing good form in the reserves during the later part of the season.
"The club had been fairly up front with Dids throughout the year (and he) knew that the writing was on the wall," Ramanauskas said.
"No doubt he’s disappointed because he wants to continue his career, but at the same time understands the direction of the club.
"He thinks genuinely that he’s got another two years of football left and that’s on the back of his reserves form this year.
"He played 15 games at reserve level and his form was very, very good ... probably Dids himself thought he may have got more opportunities as the year progressed.
"He understood that they were playing a few of the younger guys in the position that he wanted, but at the same time he still would have liked a few more opportunities throughout the year."
He said while the 2006 Copeland Trophy winner had taken time to adapt to coach Nathan Buckley’s new game plan, he still had the desire to play on. Ramanauskas said Didak, who grew up in South Australia, would be willing to move interstate.
"I was only speaking to him the other week and he said 'I genuinely want to play, my body feels fantastic'," Ramanauskas said.
"There’s no doubt that Dids would finish off a forward line very well. The accolades that he received at Collingwood are significant, he’s a premiership player, he’s got that experience so he can still kick you 30, 35 goals no worries as one of those high half-forwards and his ball use is still right up there so it’s just really a club that really needs that type of player.
"He’d be prepared to move anywhere because he just wants to play. He still feels that he’s got a couple of laps to go yet."
SEN host Kevin Bartlett suggested Didak would be a good fit at Melbourne, where he would play alongside former teammate Chris Dawes.
Former Essendon player Mark McVeigh said ex-Magpies Darren Jolly and Didak were "absolute certainties" to find a new home after being cut by Collingwood, but he felt Andrew Krakouer had "had his time" in the AFL.