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Davis 'further out of favour' at Swans

By Tim Clarke 13/07/2006 06:43:31 PM Comments (0)

Having been dropped from this weekend's grand final rematch with West Coast, Sydney Swans star Nick Davis has put himself further out-of-favour with coach Paul Roos after his outspoken reaction to the axing.

After describing as a "slap in the face" the decision to leave him out of the team to face the Eagles, Davis said he felt he had been singled out unfairly by Roos for the Swans' recent form slump.

But after reading the comments, Roos said he would be scheduling a meeting with Davis on his return to the Harbour City - with the conversation likely to be a one-way affair.

"I think Nick and I will have a pretty good discussion next week. He's reasonably fortunate I am standing here in WA as we speak," Roos said.

"It is very un-Sydney like and it is certainly something that we pride ourselves on, having a team that plays for each other and thinks about the team first.

"(I haven't spoken to him) since I read his refreshing article this morning, and I don't plan to speak to him until next week."

"(But) we don't look too kindly at players that think of themselves before the team."

The axing of Davis followed similar disappointments for Ben Mathews, Jared Crouch, Ted Richards and Paul Chambers in the past fortnight.

Skipper Barry Hall said the example of Mathews' was one Davis should follow.

"Nick was in a similar situation, and it is probably how a player goes about it tells a little bit about his character," Hall said.

"Benny went back to the reserves, had a really solid couple of weeks, and he's back into the side, so we hope Nick can do that. But we will certainly talk to Nick about it."

Confirming he had dropped Davis on Wednesday, Roos said his decision was based on a combination of his lack of form and fitness.

But Davis apparently disagreed, saying: "It was a major surprise that I wasn't playing against West Coast. Someone had to cop the blame for the Adelaide loss and I guess it was me.

"Roosy was blaming the players after the match and he's obviously singled me out."

Roos said on Thursday although he was not happy with Davis' reaction he doubted it would affect this Saturday's performance.

"We are over here, and we certainly won't be losing any sleep over Nick Davis, I can assure you of that," Roos said.

"It is something I will address next week, but it certainly has no bearing on the team at the moment."

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