Four-time premier star Jordan Lewis has issued a brutal reality check to Docker Rory Lobb and believes the wild big man has “a lot to say for a player who hasn’t really done much”.
Lobb is eager to return to GWS, having already completed a doctorate with the club, where he began his AFL career in 2014. But he still has two years to run on a lucrative $ 700,000 on a season-long deal, which has stunned Lewis, footy commentator Nick Dal Santo and double Roos premier David King.
“It shakes me that you can have Rory Lobb at $ 700,000 a year to begin with,” King told Fox Footy.
“He had one big year where he kicked 29 goals in 24 goals – it’s hardly urgent for Coleman.
“I love what Rory Lobb really is. He does not want to play ruck, which to me screams alarm bells right away. To play fully in the AFL, you need crash kits. ”
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Lewis agreed that Lobb should adjust his position if he was to succeed at the Giants.
“It’s OK to be traded back to a club, but now you have to perform – and you have to perform the role that your club wants you to play in,” Lewis warned.
“You can’t say,‘ I want to play ruck, I want to play forward ’, no matter where you want to play. Wherever (coach) Leon Cameron wants him to play, he has to play that role and play it to the ability that we have seen him play on few occasions and really demand the salary package he has been given. ”
“He has to compete. His non-negotiable, when you are at that height and you play forward, you just have to compete — just give us your best bet every time, ”Dal Santo added.
It had been reported that Lobb wanted a move to Victoria for his partner’s job opportunity, but since then only GWS has emerged as a serious challenger.
Lobb trade has exploded within two days after Bell publicly stated the club would retain the high utility value.
But three days later, after Lobb’s manager Colin Young lifted the lid on the negotiations and criticized Bell along the way, Docker’s attitude has changed.
“You never say never – especially the way the trading period is conducted these days,” Bell told the ABC stand.
“If a trade request is made, we will handle it.”
Lob’s looming departure means all three acquisitions during the 2018 trading period – Lobb, Jesse Hogan and Reece Conca – have left the club within three seasons.