Discarded forward Michael Gibbons has admitted he was left “bitterly disappointed” after being removed from Carlton.
Gibbons spent three seasons playing 47 games for the Blues since his debut in 2019, but was not offered a new deal after only holding 11 games due to injury in 2021.
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When he felt he might not be retained by the club, Gibbons even approached newly appointed Blues coach Michael Voss to have a talk about his future, but it was ultimately to no avail.
“I’m pretty disappointed. It came as a bit of a shock, but that’s just how football clubs work,” he said at SEN Breakfast.
“I could see the writing on the wall a bit there from the latter part of the year when they announced the review.
“I could see that things were not turning me around, just from conversations, and then people stopped talking to you, and it goes like this.
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“After the call, I was bitterly disappointed, and I’m pretty flat, to be fair.”
Gibbons was recruited after dominating the VFL level as a midfielder, but learned a forward-looking role to fit into Carlton’s side, pointing to the double standard in the club’s explanation for why he was released.
“When they gave me the flick, the reasoning was that they saw me as a good midfielder and that I play my best midfield football a little bit,” he said.
“They said they see me as a really good midfielder, but I never played a minute in midfield for the Blues unfortunately.
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“It never really occurred to me at the time because I was happy to play as a forward and learn the craft that way and thought I was contributing that way. In the end, they kind of didn’t see it that way. , I think.”
It was a tumultuous season at Carlton with the club’s poor results leading to the dismissal of coach David Teague and a lengthy review that Gibbons says took a heavy toll on the squad.
“It was incredibly stressful,” he continued.
“If you talk to someone during that time, a lot of people will try to play it out, but you have coaches who do not know if they will be there next year who have to perform weekly and stay positive and players in the same position. .
“It creates one, I would not say toxic (environment), but it’s pretty unspoken. When you sat down and had a talk of blocking towards the end of the year, it was about to get to everyone.
“No fault in the media, but it was in the media every day and it’s going to be a bit of a cycle.”
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