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Demon Colin Sylvia becomes a Docker

Melbourne's Colin Sylvia.

Melbourne's Colin Sylvia.

The Paul Roos effect has not been enough to keep Colin Sylvia at Melbourne. The enigmatic midfielder-forward is joining Fremantle as an unrestricted free agent.

The Dockers on Thursday confirmed that the uncontracted 27-year-old had nominated them as the club he wished to join from Melbourne.

New Demons coach Roos said he wanted to retain Sylvia, although the night before Roos' appointment was announced Sylvia gave a reflective speech at the best-and-fairest award that suggested a departure was likely.

Melbourne's Colin Sylvia is on the move to Fremantle.

Melbourne's Colin Sylvia is on the move to Fremantle. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Melbourne football operations manager Josh Mahoney said he had been informed the club's contract extension offer was ''of similar terms to the Fremantle contract'', indicating the lure of a potential premiership was a key factor in Sylvia's decision to head west. 

Mahoney lamented Sylvia's departure. ''This decision does create a lot of opportunities for us going into the trade and free-agency periods. As we have already stated, we are aiming to bolster our midfield depth with experienced midfielders and Colin's decision today allows us to create more flexibility with potential targets,'' Mahoney said.

''We thought Colin could have played a role for us under Paul Roos. However as a club, this is a period of significant change. We understand his decision and we will move on quickly.''

Sylvia joined the Demons a decade ago as the No.3 draft pick. While he has shown glimpses of his immense talent in that time, he has yet to consistently perform to those lofty expectations, and has also had some off-field indiscretions.

When Brent Moloney won the Demons' best-and-fairest in 2011 he pointedly made reference to close friend Sylvia in his acceptance speech. ''Hopefully I see you standing up here, because if you put it together you'll win one of these,'' Moloney said.

This year Sylvia finished fifth in Melbourne's best-and-fairest, and also won the club ambassador award for his community work.

Sylvia said on Thursday it was ''the hardest decision'' of his career. ''The Melbourne Football Club will always be in my heart; it has made me who I am today and I thank for them for that.''

22 comments

  • Who cares? His name isn't Buddy.This is just taking away from reporting on Buddy Everything.

    Commenter
    Wmb
    Date and time
    October 03, 2013, 12:34PM
    • Buddy too right, buddy. This guy's a no-buddy. No buddy but Buddy is the only player of interest in this transfer period.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      October 03, 2013, 1:49PM
  • Yep, Sylvia is a Prized recruit .... for Peel Thunder.

    Commenter
    St1g
    Date and time
    October 03, 2013, 12:57PM
    • So Colin prefers to be the icing and not help make the cake.

      Commenter
      BRM
      Date and time
      October 03, 2013, 2:35PM
  • No great loss. Years of "potential' have not translated to much

    Commenter
    itsingers
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 03, 2013, 1:08PM
    • 10 years in 2nd gear. Thanks Col.

      Commenter
      BRM
      Date and time
      October 03, 2013, 2:34PM
  • I hope he likes playing WAFL. Seriously, Freo have about 10 better candidates for the 6 or 7 roles this guy will be vying for.

    Commenter
    dave
    Date and time
    October 03, 2013, 1:20PM
    • Not really, no. Not if Sylvia is motivated and plays like he did a couple of years back, anyhow. Freo's attack is their weakspot, and you can't tell me after watching that Grand Final that they couldn't use better attacking players. Maybe Sylvia will be a bust, but judging a guy on how he's played in the black hole of Melbourne for the past couple of years is pretty silly. I don't know how some of those guys get themselves up each week for the repeated thrashings.

      Commenter
      Arky
      Date and time
      October 03, 2013, 3:17PM
  • He will be lucky to get a game at the Dockers, Mr Lyon doing what he did at the Saints by bringing in fringe players from other clubs to try and win a premiership and when it doesn't work he will jump ship

    Commenter
    Trent Cooper
    Location
    CBD
    Date and time
    October 03, 2013, 1:26PM
    • Most of Lyon's recyclings make the best 21... whether it is Zac Dawson (twice!) or Adam Schneider or whoever. A few of the Saints ones were a bit desperate towards the end, and Lovett was a gamble who didn't pay off but was the exact sort of player the Saints needed.

      The fact is that Lyon got the Saints to two grand finals (more than Grant Thomas ever did) and got Freo to their first one (far more than any Dockers coach has ever done). I think he knows what he's going more than some random commenter.

      Commenter
      Arky
      Date and time
      October 03, 2013, 3:20PM

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