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Newman disappointed with ex-Tigers coach

22/07/2009 03:12:17 PM Comments (0)

Richmond captain Chris Newman says he is disappointed by comments from former coach Terry Wallace about the lack of desire Wallace had to guide the team to a win in the final round of 2007.

Wallace has admitted he sat in the coach's box and avoided making any moves he thought might lift the Tigers to victory in the match against St Kilda because of what affect it would have on Richmond's draft selections.

The Tigers lost the round-22 encounter by 10 points, after leading late in the last quarter.

The loss meant they gained the No.2 pick in that year's national draft, which they use to pick up gun midfield prospect Trent Cotchin, as well as a priority pick after the draft's first round with which they gained defender Alex Rance.

"I'm not angry about it but I'm probably a little disappointed," Newman said of Wallace's comments.

"... it's a little bit disappointing but what can you do? It's two years ago and Terry did a lot of great things around the club so to focus on that would be probably unfair."

Newman was sent to the bench when the match was in the balance late in the game despite having been the best player on the ground.

But he said he had only very sketchy memories of the game and did not recall sensing any strange moves were being made.

He said from a player's point of view he had no doubt they wanted to win.

"What Terry said is up to Terry and you'd probably have to ask him why that occurred, but certainly the players, we went out there to win that game," Newman said.

"I'm not sure how many games we won for the year so we were desperate to finish off."

But he said looking back he was happy that the result meant they picked up Cotchin.

"Trent Cotchin's a quality player and we lost that game and the circumstances were we were able to pick him up in the draft, so I'm thankful that Trent's at the club," he said.

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