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No Gabba love for former Lion Brad Scott

By Laine Clark 16/04/2009 07:14:36 PM Comments (0)

Winning two AFL premierships for the Brisbane Lions didn't earn Brad Scott any favours when he returned to his once beloved stomping ground the Gabba on Thursday.

He may have enjoyed a 146-game, eight-year career at the club but Scott wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms when he arrived as Collingwood assistant coach.

Scott was told by his former club he couldn't enter the ground to conduct a media conference ahead of Friday's clash between the Lions and the Magpies.

Instead he had to hold interviews in the park next to the Gabba.

"It's interesting, isn't it," Scott said of the snub.

"I was itching to look at the surface but we will train later (at the Gabba on Thursday).

"Maybe the fact that we are out here means Brisbane might make some late changes and don't want me to watch training, we will see."

For the record, the Lions made two changes.

They added ruckman Jamie Charman for the injured Matthew Leuenberger and injected Jared Brennan at the expense of Albert Proud.

Last week Sydney were allowed to hold interviews at the Gabba - although technically it was part of a "joint press conference" with the Lions.

Scott's former teammate and current Lions coach Michael Voss laughed off the Scott snub.

"Did we kick him out? I certainly did not kick him out. All former players are welcome here unless you are at another club," Voss joked.

"Look, I wasn't aware of that. There is nothing that is going to be divulged here that would suggest why we get the points, or the reason why we don't."

But Scott didn't exactly endear himself with Voss when he voiced his surprise at Brisbane releasing Anthony Corrie in the off-season.

Corrie played five seasons at the Lions notching 53 games, coming back from a knee reconstruction to enjoy his most successful year in 2008.

However, he was traded to the `Pies in the off-season for pick 93 in the AFL Draft when Voss took over from Leigh Matthews.

"Not too many players who kick 21 goals in a season and play the majority of games are let go basically for nothing," Scott said.

"We were able to get him with our very last pick in the draft so we are very happy to bring him across."

Corrie was listed as an emergency on Thursday but Scott kept the door open for the 24-year-old to make his Collingwood debut and "prove a point" to the Lions.

"He was Brisbane's third highest goal kicker (last year) and played the majority of games here so he knows the ground very well, and the conditions, that will play in his favour," Scott said.

Voss seemed to bristle when told of Scott's surprise over Corrie's Lions departure.

"That's obviously what Brad's opinion is, we've got our own - that's why he is at Collingwood and not here," he said.

"They've rated him highly enough to add him to their list, and we wanted to go in a different direction."

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