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Craig backs punishment of three players

By Steve Larkin 21/05/2010 05:37:48 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide coach Neil Craig insists he's the man to lead the Crows from the AFL mire, while praising the club imposed suspension of three ill disciplined players.

Craig endorsed the recommendation of the player leadership group to slap one-match bans on reigning club champion Bernie Vince, rookie Matthew Jaensch and defender Graham Johncock.

Vince and Jaensch were suspended after a late night last weekend, which compromised their preparation for Sunday's home fixture against Brisbane.

Johncock, who missed last weekend's game due to a shoulder injury, missed a rehabilitation session after a separate night on the town.

Craig said the lapses came out of the blue for the Crows, languishing in 15th spot with just one win for the season.

"One (win) and seven (losses) - you would like to think that is enough to deal with," Craig said on Friday.

" ... It's disappointing for the three players involved.

"The profession has a huge physical demand ... so to jeopardise that, to tamper with it, to not pay the respect that that part of their profession demands - it sort of makes you wonder why.

"But another thing that happens is the ripple effect of it, so all of a sudden this week we don't have the availability of Vince, Jaensch and Johncock ... we don't need it at one-seven."

Craig praised the leadership group for their action, saying the suspended trio "are not indicative of our club culture".

"They sit outside our culture, clearly they sit outside," he said.

"I would hate to think that the general football public would think that the example of those three, that is the culture at the Adelaide footy club," he said.

"They actually sit outside the values of it, and that is why they have been identified and that is why we are doing what we are doing with them because they have challenged the standards and the values of our footy club in terms of preparation and performance.

"... Our leadership group could have said 'too hard, let's make a safe decision here'."

Craig said he did not believe his time was up as a coach despite overseeing Adelaide's worst start to a season.

"That time will come for all of us, but it's certainly not at the moment," he said.

Asked if was questioning whether he was the man for the job, Craig replied: "No, I'm not.

"It's an interesting experience to go through because all of a sudden you find out a lot about people and yourself," he said.

"So you do find out a lot of good things during these times and that is why it's important to hang in there and keep pushing through because you build skills, you find out things which are going to be great for the future."

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