Firstly before I release the statement form Devonport I would like to have my say. As both Braydon and Joel are my mates I'm sure both boys and their family's will see where I'm coming from.
Being the Aussies that we all are will always give a hand shake or a pat on the back to wish any one well in their career or chosen sport.
But we on the coast, which we are pretty tight knit are sick to death of seeing players, people moving south to be promised every thing but shown nothing.
A lot of people say they want or either go south to further the career or have better chance of getting picked up in their chosen sport.
Well I disagree as the V League is the stepping stone to go further no matter what club we play for. But if we want to talk about successful clubs well we can't go past Devonport. They finished runner up in the V League and the finals series also finishing 3rd in the NPL but also champions in the reserves and 3rd in the under 18s. So what ever these clubs must be offering must be larger than just football(soccer)......
Here is the statement from club president Rod Andrews.
Earlier in the week, I made some comments on this website, specifically regarding Joel Stone and his move to Hobart. These comments have caused a great deal of hurt and anguish to the Stone family and as such they deserve an unqualified apology from me.
I love the Northwest Coast of Tasmania, and am deeply passionate about its future. Sadly, that passion sometimes gets in the way of considered thought. I’m also determined to do all I can to showcase the game and do the right thing for the entire North West Football community. My comments did nothing to unite football followers up here – on the contrary.
To the Stone family, again, I can only offer my sincere apologies for the stress and hurt I’ve caused. If I could go back in time and change how I’ve responded to all of this, I would.
I’d also like to apologise to Somerset President Nigel Brown. Nigel, my response to what in in hindsight was a pretty mild and in most part pretty accurate post, again was the end result of a crap week and not thinking things through. I hope to catch up with you and apologise in person on the weekend.
Finally, I’d just like thank both Joel and Brayden for what they have done for the North West Community. These blokes have done so much – they help coach our juniors, turn up to working Bees, club functions and basically conduct themselves like professionals – not to mention how many kids they have inspired to take up and/or continue the game . The whole of the Coast owes you both a great dept.