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Corridor wrong turn foils Zantuck trade

By Chris Lines 08/10/2004 07:38:11 PM Comments (0)

A wrong turn down a corridor has cost Essendon the services of Ty Zantuck in the latest edition of the AFL's annual trade week blooper.

Richmond had agreed a deal with Essendon to trade Zantuck to Windy Hill - believed to be for draft pick 30 - with just two minutes until trade week's 2pm deadline Friday.

Tigers football manager Greg Miller dashed down the corridor inside Optus Oval's Heroes Stand to lodge the paperwork with the AFL, but a brief wrong turn meant he arrived a minute too late.

"I took the wrong turn - I was sprinting down the corridor and I went left instead of right," Miller said.

But temporary disorientation aside, the Tigers football manager laid the blame squarely at the feet of the tardy Bombers.

"Essendon came into us with two minutes to go which was too late," Miller said.

"Hopefully Essendon will learn their lesson on that one and go a bit earlier.

"We've got a player that doesn't want to play with Richmond, that wants to play with Essendon, who is with Richmond.

"That's unfair to the player, and Essendon could have moved a bit earlier."

It left Richmond still in possession of a player who made it plain he did not want to stay at Punt Road and with fences needing urgent mending.

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