The AFL has thrown its support behind a return to elite-level football for bad boy Brendan Fevola.
Fevola came under the microscope again at the weekend when he booted an 11-goal haul for the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
former star Carlton and Brisbane spearhead, who was sacked by the Lions
in February after a series of off-field incidents, won the game for the
Scorpions on Sunday against Frankston.
However, while the
Scorpions’ senior affiliate, Melbourne, is cold on the idea of promoting
him, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said he would like to see the flamboyant
forward at the elite level again.
“Yes I would,” Demetriou said. “Our view is pretty simple. Everyone knows that we like giving individuals second chances.”
virtually gave Carlton no choice but to trade him after his behaviour
reached a head in 2009 with his drunken antics at the Brownlow Medal
count, despite the fact he had won the Coleman Medal for leading
goalkicker that season.
The Lions let him go a year later, but
Demetriou said it appeared Fevola was doing everything he could to
rehabilitate his image.
“Our game, our clubs are great places to help nurture talent and help reform people and help educate people,” Demetriou said.
think Brendan Fevola is doing his very best to make progress and the
fact that he kicked a bundle of goals on the weekend is another step in
the right direction.
“I know he’s doing things on radio and
various other bits and pieces and he’s making an effort and that’s all
you can ask of him.
“Hopefully, someone’s out there noticing it and they may give him a chance.”
someone might even be the unpredictable Greater Western Sydney coach
Kevin Sheedy, it has been suggested – and Demetriou said Fevola could be
a good fit for next year’s new team.
“I’d be happy to see
Brendan play (for GWS) because, when Brendan Fevola’s playing football
and he’s on song, he’s a delight to watch and he provides great
“He can be a magnificent goalkicker and that’s
what we want to see but it’s up to Brendan now to continue on his
step-by-step progress,” Demetriou said.
Melbourne coach Dean
Bailey is not so enthusiastic, saying unequivocally that the Demons want
to develop young key position players for promotion to the seniors.
Bailey even suggested that Fevola was keeping them from developing by his dominance in attack for Casey.