North Melbourne General Manager of Football Cameron Joyce has revealed on SEN’s KB and the Doc that he was the first to hear Andrew Gaff’s decision to remain at West Coast after receiving a phone call from the star midfielder.
While some reports stated Gaff had given an indication that he had agreed to join the Kangaroos, Joyce’s gut feel was that he would remain with the premiers.
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“I did,” said Joyce, on who received the call about Gaff’s decision.
“The longer it went, I thought in the three or four days leading up to that, I thought he would stay at West Coast.
“There’s been a few reports that we thought he was coming, but that’s not the case at all, he was very much undecided all the way through.
“In the days prior, I had a bit of a gut feel that he would stay.
“Once that final call, when the hammer comes down to make a decision, I thought, he was at a great footy club, a successful club and that he would stay.”
Joyce also admitted that he was indeed favouring the Eagles in the Grand Final in hopes that it may give North a better shot at landing their man.
“We went through a lot of those things, especially in my mind about who to barrack for in the Grand Final,” said Joyce.
“I was pretty happy when Dom Sheed put that ball through, I thought we might be more of a chance.”
Listen to Cam Joyce’s chat with Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf on SEN’s KB and The Doc in the player below