Not sure if the Collingwood Football Club deserve a round of applause, but they’ve finally bitten the bullet on the Travis Cloke situation.
The club announced Tuesday that they would be suspending talks with Cloke and his father/manager until the end of the 2012 season.
Only good things can come from this; Cloke’s form has been awful and probably affected by the on-going negotiations and his father’s involvement was turning the process into an amateur like soap opera.
Here’s hoping that Cloke was in fact distracted by his contract situation, and not that he’s just diminished as a football player, and he can now turn his full attention back to kicking goals.
Check out Cloke's interview on The Footy Show from a few weeks ago below. Many people criticised Cloke for selling out his team and discussing offers from other clubs.
Some huge injury returns are emerging on the horizon. Fremantle coach was on Perth radio station 882 6PR yesterday evening and declared gun midfielder Nathan Fyfe as a certainty to play against Port Adelaide this weekend.
Rumours have been rife that Fyfe has been training the house down after recovering from early season shoulder surgery. Fyfe supposedly felt he was fit enough to play last weekend, but the club needed to see him pass a running test before naming him into the squad.
Fremantle are using an easy schedule to roll towards the eight. A win against Port could see them there for the first time in months.
Over to Collingwood again, the club has listed Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer as weeks away from football action. The two underwent knee reconstructions earlier this year and weren’t expected to return until 2013.
Melbourne excitement machine Jeremy Howe escaped suspension Tuesday because of an early guilty plea and a good behaviour record. He was charged with misconduct for wiping blood on the shorts of a Port Adelaide opponent in Round 17.