“I guess I was one of a few who fell into that category.”
But Jenkins was more than that. He clearly had a falling-out with former Crows coach Don Pyke and others in the match committee. The review at the Crows this off-season did not limit the problems to a single coach, administrator or even player.
“It’s well known I was one of the guys who was very vocal in talking about some of the issues that we had and perhaps that strained some relationships and sometimes it’s best to go your separate ways.
“I don’t know [if that cost me] to be honest, I am not too concerned about it. I am just excited to be here.
“I had eight years at the Crows, seven were fantastic, one was tough … I have no ill feeling towards Adelaide for moving me along.”
Regardless, even he anticipated Geelong would want to know his version of how it all fell apart with his former club.
“I expected to have to explain myself, but people within the industry know what goes on and I think for the most part I am able to hold my head up high and say everything I tried to do was for the right reasons, to help us get back on track,” Jenkins said.
“So yeah, I thought I would have had to explain myself and tell them why I was in this situation I was in, but surprisingly I didn’t have to.
“There are plenty of casualties over there in Adelaide and I am one of them.”
The Cats had all the reassurance about him they needed from Dangerfield, who remains close with Jenkins and was an enthusiastic backer of the forward.
“We are pretty different people, I like horse racing, he despises it, he likes fishing, I don’t mind it. We are very different but for some reason we connect,” he said.
The Cats wondered more about the future than the past, but even that conversation was left open. They figure Jenkins will fit in somewhere, they just aren’t sure where, given he will be vying for a position with the likes of promising young forward-ruck Esava Ratugolea.
Jenkins thus was open, in his first day at the club, in thinking some of his Geelong footy could be in the VFL, just as it had been in the SANFL at Adelaide this season.
Firstly though, he might finally get to the bottom of why Harry Taylor shook hands with him after a game two years ago and left him with a slice of ham in his hand. Taylor had played all game with ham in his sock so he could give the ham to Jenkins (who had had gastro all week) at the end of a game.
“I am sure it will come up in front of the whole group. Not much explaining for me to do, it’s more for Harry to explain himself there.”
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics.