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Judd at Eagles is history, says Worsfold

By Tim Clarke 30/04/2008 05:29:51 PM Comments (0)

Chris Judd is history, as far as West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold is concerned.

The centrepiece of one of the biggest trades in AFL history is back at the centre of West Coast's thinking this week, with the now Carlton skipper arriving in Perth on Thursday ahead of his date with his old employers at Subiaco on Friday.

And while Worsfold was careful not to give the former Eagles skipper any more motivation to excel on his return, he was also clear in where he rated the significance of the Brownlow medallist to the 2008 Eagles.

"Chris Judd is history at our footy club, and I am concentrating on the great group of players we have got here moving forward," Worsfold said.

"I think the key thing with Chris Judd is that he has got great history at this football club, but history is the key word. He is not here any more.

"The only time he is going to impact on this footy club is when we are playing against the team he is playing for, and we will do our best to minimise the influence he has on our footy club in those games."

With the Eagles enduring their worst start to an AFL season since 1989, one punter has placed $9,000 on Carlton to extend their losing sequence to six - with the odds even higher on Judd getting a colourful welcome from Eagles fans.

Blues coach Brett Ratten said he was expecting former teammates and fans to give Judd a rigorous reception.

"Former teammates will probably get into him, give him a mouthful and a hit here (and there)," Ratten said.

"But we'll support Chris 100 per cent like all the other players and we'll make sure he has a good return back to Perth.

"The service he has given to the West Coast football club and the respect and what he has done over there, I would hope they (the crowd) would cheer him and not boo him.

"We know they'll boo every goal we kick, so hopefully they don't boo him."

But Worsfold said he was more interested giving the sold out Subiaco something to cheer, rather than someone to jeer.

"Scream for every goal we kick, support the boys and hopefully we will give them plenty to cheer about - all the other stuff does not interest me, it is personal issues," Worsfold said.

Having lost Adam Hunter and Shannon Hurn to injury, and Daniel Kerr to suspension, the Eagles look set to recall both Ashley Hansen and Chad Fletcher - while forward Josh Kennedy will also play against his former side.

Following an encouraging debut last week, the man who came the other way in the Judd trade will get his chance to prove a point to those from Princes Park, although Worsfold said it was irrelevant how he found himself in Perth.

"Josh Kennedy is a West Coast Eagles player, and has been a great acquisition to our footy club and I really do not care whether he came through the draft, a trade or walked in off the street," Worsfold said.

"All the side bits that make good reading do not really effect the way we go about it."

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