Why former AFL coach has turned to player management

SEN - Tue, 4th Dec 2018 - 0 Comments

Rodney Eade has taken steps into the world of player management.

The former Sydney, Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast coach has obtained his player agent accreditation and is looking to dip his toe into a role differing from what he has previously undertaken.

Eade juggles his media work with corporate speaking gigs while coaching Eastern Football League heavyweight Balwyn so admits it will only be a bit-part role to begin with.

“It’s going to be a very minor role because I’ve got a lot of other things going on,” he said on SEN Breakfast.

“A guy I coached, Daryn Cresswell, coaches up in the Ovens & Murray (league) and I met Merv Neagle’s boys, Matt and Jayden, they are interested in getting drafted if possible.

“They just wanted some help with how the AFL system worked and they said, ‘would you manage us?’

“It was more about the psychological aspect of helping them with their footy. Even the top players go through some ups and downs and doubts at times, but more the lower to mid-range players and how they can cope.

“A couple of other players who are now in the system spoke to me, so I thought I’d get accreditation and hopefully help some players.”

Regarding his thoughts towards player managers during his time as a coach, Eade insists they simply play a role like everyone else in the industry.

“Whether it’s the media or a player manager or the coach, you’ve all got your role to play,” he added.

“I think the managers play their role, and the main role with them is to look after their client and what they think is best for their client.

“Hopefully that’s where my experience can come in.

“The endgame is not to have too many players. I’ve got a bit going on with media, corporate speaking and coaching Balwyn.

“Whether that’s eight, ten or a dozen players? I don’t want to employ anyone so I don’t want to get too many players because you are not going to service the players correctly.

“It’s more about an interest I suppose, a bit of a niche in the market.

“I’m not going to recruit younger players for the draft either, it will be more players in the system who feel I could help in some way or are not getting enough love.”

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