Knives out for ‘brilliant’ USA plan: Sheedy

Coaching great Kevin Sheedy has backed the ‘‘brilliant’’ concept of his old team the Giants seeking a home game in the US, suggesting the AFL’s youngest club had been braver than established clubs in Melbourne.

Sheedy said the game had been ‘‘too slow’’ to embrace new markets, praised the Giants for their enterprise and predicted that the concept of playing in America would be criticised in Melbourne.

‘‘It’s a brilliant idea. I think we’re too slow in trying to get games overseas for four [premiership] points,’’ said Sheedy, who had suggested the AFL take the game to the US close to a quarter of a century ago.

The four-time Essendon premiership coach said it was ‘‘the youngest club in the AFL’’ that had been willing to take on ‘‘the challenge’’ of an American game.

Sheedy, the GWS foundation coach, said the game had been too Melbourne-centric. ‘‘We are just locked in a Melbourne centre,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s 60,000 Australians living and working in California, and up and down the west coast.


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