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At the Greater Western Sydney press-conference held yesterday to announce his signing, new recruit Tom Scully continued to deny that he had a made a final decision about his playing future.
“No, I haven’t signed – I’m just up here to have a look” declared Scully as he posed for a promotional photo in his new kit with coach Kevin Sheedy.
When passed a message from his manager scribbled on the back of a freshly minted $100 note informing him that the jig was up, Scully recanted. “I saw this as an opportunity to come up here to be part of a brand new football club with the best financial planning facilities in the country.”
Scully had been in Sydney, the home of the ASX and Australia’s funds management industry, visiting GWS’ facilities on Sunday with a touring party consisting of his family and other key advisers including Chris Judd, Gary Ablett, Nathan Bock and Judas Iscariot.
Scully also took the opportunity to dismiss suggestions that the drawn out saga was a charade, manufactured by his management to give the impression that he was still weighing up his decision.
“That’s completely unfair. That’s not what I, nor my management had ever intended. We always saw the process as more of a farce or sham.”