Written by AFL Online on 24th Sep 2008
Western Bulldogs have made the tough call and told club champion Scott West that he is no longer required at the club despite the veteran stating he wished to play on next year.
The 33-year-old was told about his future in a meeting with coach Rodney Eade on Tuesday. West admitted the meeting was angrily cut short when he was told about his future at the club.
“(I felt) sadness, a little bit of anger, but some genuine sadness because playing football and playing at this football club has meant so much to me over so many years,” West told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.
“The meeting was cut a little bit short because of the emotions that I had.
“I was able to go home and reflect and just gather my thoughts.”
Eade admitted that telling the seven time best & fairest winner he was no longer required was the hardest decision he had to make in his time as a coach.
West only managed to add five games to his total of 324 games this season and when he was forced play with VFL side Williamstown to prove his fitness it became alarmingly aware that West was struggling with form and fitness.
West has not ruled out playing on with a different club next season.
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