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Wellingham wants to soar with Eagles

Going home? Sharrod Wellingham wants to return to Perth.

Going home? Sharrod Wellingham wants to return to Perth. Photo: Paul Rovere

SHARROD Wellingham's declaration on the West Coast website that he wished to join the Eagles came as news to Collingwood, which had not been told of the midfielder's decision to leave.

Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh, who read of Wellingham's intentions after being alerted to the internet article, told The Age he thought it was ''a bit premature'' for the Eagles to have claimed the former rookie.

The uncontracted Wellingham, who also met with Melbourne, was quoted on the website as saying that after spending the past week contemplating his future, he had decided it was time to move on from the Magpies.

''The dealings I have had with West Coast have been really impressive and I will now go on a break overseas and wait for the two clubs to reach a deal on the terms of my move back home,'' said the West Australian native.

''It will be exciting to get back to Perth and play in front of my family every week. That was a very strong influence on my decision to leave and I look forward to playing with the Eagles.

''Playing against them, we had enormous respect for West Coast, and I believe they have a young list capable of winning a premiership in the next few years.

''I will always have some very good friends [at Collingwood], but it is now time to move on.''

Walsh, who spoke to Wellingham yesterday, said Collingwood had not spoken to West Coast about the onballer at any great length, although Magpie recruiting manager Derek Hine had been told the Eagles planned to meet with him while he was at home in Perth.

''We talked to him today and that wasn't centred on where he was going and what he wanted to do, it was more a discussion from our point of view, so this is news to us,'' Walsh said.

''From our point of view we haven't spoken to any club about trading Sharrod, so it's a bit premature for a club to be declaring they have him.

''Perhaps they think it will put some pressure on us, but we haven't spoken to West Coast for any length of time at all and we haven't made any decisions.''

West Coast communications manager Gary Stocks tweeted: ''Sharrod Wellingham has nominated West Coast as his club of choice. Now need to get deal done in trade period. Happy days.''

Collingwood defender Harry O'Brien sympathised with Wellingham's decision, tweeting: ''Sad to see u go mate … At the end of the day you gotta do what you gotta do and that's your business.''

Wellingham has played 92 games for the Magpies since 2008, and was a member of the 2010 premiership team.

■Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin has signed a two-year contract extension. McPharlin was selected in the All-Australian team for the first time and has flourished under new coach Ross Lyon.

The Dockers will now look to re-sign defender Adam McPhee.

''We're really confident Adam is more or less close to re-signing with us,'' football operations manager Chris Bond said on 6PR. ''We're pretty sure that'll be announced in the next few days.''

■Essendon is poised to declare its interest in recruiting Tom Fields, the son of former midfielder Neville, as a father-son rookie selection by today's deadline.

The Bombers, who will make official their bid for Joe Daniher by the 2pm deadline, must express their interest in Fields, who played for Labrador in the Queensland state league, at the same time.

Under the new rule introduced this year, clubs are not committed to pick any father-son rookies they nominate, but must make their interest in possibly doing so known. Should the player then go through the national draft and not be selected by another team, the club may pre-select them ahead of the rookie draft in December.

Gold Coast, which has access to Fields as a Queensland zone player, could move him to Windy Hill in a trade deal, but the Bombers would prefer to place him on their rookie rather than senior list.


  • Sharrod who? If he could ever learn to keep his eye on the ball instead of the player he is about to cleanup he might just be a good player. Cheap shot Wellingham, surprised Collingwood would let such a player go, would imagine its good riddance from most.

    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 12:46AM
    • Clearly you love to make comments using your ignorance. His hit on Simpson was bad, there is no beating around the bush, but it was also completely out of character for him. He is fearless in his attack on the footy hence WCE are interested in getting him. Maybe you should open your eyes once in a while, you may be surprised in what you see. Then again making negative comments in complete anonymity suits some people.

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 9:20AM
    • Sorry Garth, Wellinghams hit was hard and mistimed, not intentional !! just like Lenny Hayes was that cleaned up his opponent. It's no wonder Wellingham wants out of Melbourne after the slander he got from the media and other supporters, even hitman Brereton had the nerve to say he it was a low, from a man who without a doubt was a great player but couldnt play a month without intentionally trying to clean someone up. Whilst Blue Robert Walls wanted him to be hung. Good luck Wellingham. Garth, Perhaps some of your Carlton boys need to toughen up, half a dozen went down with bumps this year. Including your pet tough boy murphy with a little side bump, poor Marcy Marc

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 9:50AM
  • Gaff would be a fair trade, Wellingham is a superstar & a fantastic get for WC. Also Wellingham can offer WC what they desperately crave, access to the hottest IP in football.

    Ivor Biggen
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 2:01AM
    • I think you'll find he's uncontracted Ivor.... so you'll get nothing for him. Nice to see the boot on the other foot for once!

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 8:22AM
    • Uncontracted or not WCE must still trade for him. Otherwise he will either have to re-sign with Collingwood or take his chances in the draft.

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 9:22AM
    • Hottest IP in football?? now thats a joke

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 10:49AM
  • There is no doubt Sharrod is a good player but his efforts this year have not indicated a step up - rather that he has been just in a holding pattern. Unless kicking for goal, his field kicking has been amateur at best. He's fast and brave but has not managed to be where the ball is this last season - in fact he was looking distinctly uninterested in footy and more interested in the personal style thing. Good luck to him but it seemed to become a distraction. He has a premiership medal from the Pies, but he also cost them a TAC sponsorship for drunk driving before his career really got started. If Woosher can get him to focus on footy he will have an asset. If Shazza continues to play the fashion plate star, it will be to the detriment of his game and he won't achieve what he seemed to be capable of.

    Grey Starling
    Smiff St
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 4:00AM
    • yeah ... all that ... and he's a sniper, ironically hitting a bloke who has only ever had eyes for the ball, a tough honest courageous competitor. We all make mistakes, but I watched Wellingham talk about the Simpson incident afterwards and the word "remorse" wasn't anywhere to be seen in his words or smirking face ... Collingwood - Westcoast ... pfft ... who cares where this bloke goes.

      Date and time
      October 05, 2012, 11:29AM
  • Quite a shame to see Wellingham go. Played a lovely replayed 2010 grand final and produced one of the highlights of the day.

    That said, Collingwood gave him a chance to become the player he is. He was picked up in the 2006 rookie draft and early on he cost The Pies a half-million-dollar sponsorship with the TAC for drink driving in early 2008. In March this year he had a club sanction due to missing a club rehab session because he was drunk.

    Usually I am of the mind that player and club don't owe each other anything. I believe this case is different. Sharrod is now 24 years old and due to enter the peak of his career. Though he has given 92 games of service to the club I am disappointed that he is leaving. He owed more to Collingwood.

    Captain Courageous
    Goal Square
    Date and time
    October 05, 2012, 5:37AM

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