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Reimers gives Blues boot

Bound for the west: Kyle Reimers.

Bound for the west: Kyle Reimers. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

FORMER Essendon forward Kyle Reimers, struggling with the rigours of the game, has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.

Carlton had sought and received permission for Reimers to train with the club, but the erratic and talented forward, who was delisted by Essendon, did not take up training with the Blues and has indicated that he does not wish to be picked up by them in the rookie draft.

Reimers, 23, a high-level talent, has struggled with the grind of AFL football and the high level of commitment demanded of players in today's game and is instead looking at a return to the WAFL.

Reimers' manager, Alex McDonald, confirmed he was interested in playing for his old WAFL club Peel Thunder in preference to playing for one of the AFL's most famous clubs.

McDonald said he hoped Reimers could ''re-ignite'' his career in Western Australia and perhaps return to the AFL.

Carlton had earmarked a pick in the rookie draft for Reimers, who met with new coach Mick Malthouse some weeks ago.

''Carlton were good enough to ask whether Kyle would commit to train up until the draft, with the possibility of finding a home there,'' McDonald said.

''Kyle, at this point in his career, can't make the commitment to the level of an AFL career.

''It looks like he will hopefully re-ignite his career with Peel with a view to making his way back to the AFL.''

Reimers showed considerable raw talent with Essendon in his 60 games but fell out of the side this year.

The Blues will look at other options for the rookie draft spot they had planned to use on Reimers, who did not make the trip on the club's altitude camp in Arizona.

The Blues were somewhat surprised by Reimers' decision, given that most players in his position would be desperate to continue in the AFL, but his decision underscores how even elite talents can struggle with the demands placed on AFL footballers.

Reimers managed only six games in 2012 and was among a host of fringe players who were not offered contracts by Essendon, as the club made a significant cull of its list, taking a harder line on several players who had played a fair amount of senior football, including Ricky Dyson, Brent Prismall, Sam Lonergan, Henry Slattery and Reimers, with Angus Monfries traded to Port Adelaide.

Reimers, drafted by the Bombers in 2007 when he was just 17, booted 27 goals in 15 games in 2011, including hauls of eight and six against Gold Coast and Richmond, but he regressed this season.

Carlton's tight salary cap meant the Blues were quiet during the month-long free agency and trade period, when they resolved to keep the first-round draft pick, No. 11, which was eventually used on the highly talented Troy Menzel.

27 comments so far

  • As a Blues supporter I'm somewhat relieved. Had he come to Carlton it doesn't seem like his heart would have been in it and he appears to have an attitude. I don't know why our people were even interested to begin with. Small-medium forwards is not an area we're lacking in.

    Commenter
    Biggus
    Location
    Tallangatta
    Date and time
    December 07, 2012, 9:47AM
    • "Small-medium forwards is not an area we're lacking in."

      + 1

      It does seem strange, maybe they wanted to free someone up to play midfield.

      Commenter
      Wal
      Location
      Bush
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 10:17AM
    • Carlton supporters are a funny lot. As a Collingwood supporter, during most of Mick Malthouse's tenure at Collingwood, I was told by Carlton supporters that Mick is a liar (Stephen Milne incident), a cheat, and a fruit-loop (his many press conferences), but the moment he became the Senior Coach at Carlton, all that was put on the back-burner, and all of a sudden, he was a genius Premiership-winning coach.

      Same applies here. I know plenty of Carlton supporters that were on the edge of their seats with excitement that then may be able to pick Reimers up so cheaply, but now that he has given them the cold shoulder, all of a sudden they are relieved.

      LOL!

      Commenter
      Maggie Magpie
      Location
      Hoddle Street, Collingwood
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 10:49AM
    • Magpie Magpie - I'm a Blues supporter and I've never said that about Mick Malthouse at any time. During his final 3 or 4 seasons at Collingwood I couldn't help but admire how well diciplined and committed the team was to carrying out the one percenters. Their shepherding and tackling pressure was arguably the best in the league.
      Game plan aside the one percenters are what this Carlton side need to do more than anything to improve. Shepherding for example was virtually non-existent as they'd prefer to spread rather than enable their team mate to run and carry, and these days that's one of better ways to break defensive lines.
      As for Reimers - no thanks, had always thought we'd be better off picking up Prismal. I'd rather take a chance on a bloke that wants to play all the time, than someone who only wants to play some of the time

      Commenter
      Bushy
      Location
      the Bush
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 11:40AM
    • How can Carlton have salary cap issues? Like I mean they don't have any players bar Judd and half his money is from the cardboard queen

      Commenter
      Gaz
      Location
      Yarra
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 11:50AM
  • I think that might be it Kyle.

    Commenter
    JD
    Date and time
    December 07, 2012, 9:50AM
    • I am sure he is aware of that. He was the one that made the decision.

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 10:50AM
  • Reimers snubs Blues? Thank god for that. I know i speak on behalf of all Blues fans when i say that we didn't want him. He offers nothing. If you can't get a game at Essendon, a side that was riddled with injuries, what good are you? A huge sigh of relief.

    Commenter
    azzaman
    Date and time
    December 07, 2012, 10:13AM
    • Reimers doesn't want to go to Carlton? Thank ggodness!! I can't believe we would even entertain it. We have enough non-performing show ponies in our forward line.

      Commenter
      Stan
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      December 07, 2012, 10:19AM
      • Kyle would have been the missing link for the blues. Committed, tough, in and under type player that can go forward and miss goals or go back and concede them.

        Seriously blues, why bother when you have betts, garlett, walker and now menzel as your small/mid sized forwards?

        Commenter
        joey
        Location
        north melbourne
        Date and time
        December 07, 2012, 10:24AM

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