Roughead returns serve over AFL future

Jarryd Roughead fully expects to play on next season for Hawthorn.Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead has returned serve over speculation about his AFL future and is adamant about playing next year.


The four-time premiership player is irritated about addressing his future, given he is contracted for next season.

In a wide-ranging media conference on Tuesday, the star forward also said he is open-minded about staying captain next year.

Roughead fronted the media after several weeks of talk about his AFL future.

He was testy at times, dead-batting the inevitable opening question about his playing future.

“I’m contracted for next year, so I don’t even know why I’m getting asked,” he said.

But he quickly opened up about his circumstances.

“I understand it’s a part of the game – I’m a realist, too,” he said.

“When you get to 30-31, these questions are going to come, no matter who you are.

“I’m not too concerned. As I’ve said … I’m still contracted for next year, I still feel like I have value among this group.”

Asked if he had spoken to Clarkson in the last couple of days about his future, Roughead said there was nothing to discuss.

But Roughead immediately brought up Clarkson’s readiness to make the call on veteran teammates Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge.

“It’s probably a little bit different in our situation with our footy club because in the past, we’ve seen players move on, whether it be Hodge, Lewy, Mitchell who go to other clubs,” he said.

“It’s a question you guys will ask because it’s happened in the past.”

Remarkably, Roughead has not missed a game since he returned from his 2016 cancer battle.

“In footy terms, I’m probably in credit,” he said of his comeback.

Roughead added circumstances will decide if he stays captain next season.

“It’s up to the group, really – if they vote me in, then yeah, I’d be happy to do it,”‘ he said.

“But at the same time, understanding where the club’s at and what may need to happen, we’ll just deal with it when we have to.”

A-League: Jets to look at Argentinean strikers during pre-season trip to Spain

REFRESHED: Dimi Petratos has resumed training after a short break. Pictures: Jonathan Carroll


NEWCASTLE Jets will trial two Argentinian strikers as part of a three-game tour in Spain highlighted by a clash against La Liga club Getafe.

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The Jets left for Spain on Tuesdaynight and will spend a week at a pre-season training complex in Murcia where they will play friendlies against local Segunda B outfits Cartagena and Murcia FC as well as Getafe, who finished eighth in the top tier last season.

The departure of English midfielder Wayne Brown by mutual termination on Tuesday leaves the Jets with two places available for foreigners.

With striker Roy O’Donovan to miss up to a third of the season on suspension, Ernie Merrick intends to bring in more firepower.

“We need to look at two striking roles and this frees up an extra visa spot,” Merrick said. “It gives us more options if we need them … there is nothing close on the horizon.”

O’Donovan, whose 10-match banis limited to A-League and FFA Cup games, will play in Spain.

Joe Champness and Gus Thurgate are also likely to spend time at the point of the attack and Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna confirmed that they will “have a lookat a couple of Argentinian strikers” in Spain.

IN TRAINING: Marquee midfielder Ronny Vargas has been working with his physio in Belgium and will join the Jets in Spain.

“They are both tied to clubs at the minute but there is the potential for them to come and have a hit out,” he said. “We have checked them out. We are playing three games in a short space of time so we will just have a look at them.”

Socceroos attacker Dimi Petratos, who has returned from a three-week breakpost the World Cup, and marquee Ronny Vargas will join the squad in Spain.

EXIT: Wayne Brown will return to England after having the final year of his contract mutually terminated.

Both are expected to be in the strongest XI for the battle with Getafe.

“Dimi has had a few weeks off but he has been doing his own running and is pretty well ready to go,” Merrick said. “It will be interesting to see where Ronny is at. He has been doing a lot of training with his own physio. Game time now is very good, especially for Ronny.”

The Jets will spend 10 days in Spain and on arrival back will fly directly to the Gold Coast for their FFA Cup clash against the Knights.

““It is so much better playing against quality opposition than just playing provincial games or games against A-League teams,” Merrick said.“I can’t think of another A-League side which has played three matches and had a training set-up in Spain.”

British duo fined for shoving man in dress

Two young British men who followed a man in a dress into a Sydney backpackers while shouting homophobic slurs and shoving him were behaving in a manner that belongs in the past, a NSW magistrate says.


Dale Keenan and Daryl Gaughan, both 24, pleaded guilty in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday to affray and intentionally or recklessly destroying property following the Potts Point incident in the early hours of June 24.

The court heard they are both on working holiday visas and will be leaving Australia in the coming months.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Keenan and Gaughan were walking along Darlinghurst Road about 2am when they saw the male victim “who at the time was wearing women’s clothing, being a dress”.

A “verbal altercation” occurred between the parties which was overheard by the night manager of Jackaroo Hostel Sydney and other residents, who stood between them and helped the man “in retreating” into the foyer.

“The accused and co-accused have followed the victim inside, yelling obscenities at him,” the facts state.

The pair pushed the others out of the way so they could “rush at the victim” and shoved him several times before they were pulled back.

One resident was grabbed by the neck during the two-minute altercation before Keenan and Gaughan were pushed out the foyer door.

They kicked the glass-panelled metal door until it shattered – but denied any involvement when later questioned by investigating police.

“This behaviour is appalling,” magistrate Susan McIntyre said.

“Targeting an innocent person who was just going about their business.

“If you were a citizen here, you would be being assessed for alternatives for jail, I can assure you of that.”

Ms McIntyre said the men’s aggression “towards innocent people who may be somehow different” was unsolicited.

“This sort of violence belongs in another time,” the magistrate said.

“It’s just unadulterated violence for its own sake. Your criminal convictions will follow you.”

Keenan and Gaughan, who currently live in Zetland and Rosebery respectively, were convicted, each fined $2000 and ordered to pay $700 in compensation for damages to the hostel.

Ex-NRL hopeful handed good behaviour bond

A former NRL hopeful who had cocaine in his pocket when he bashed a Kings Cross nightclub manager and wrestled security guards has been fined $500 and handed a two-year good behaviour bond.


Benjamin Darcy, 29, pleaded guilty in June to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, prohibited drug possession and failure to leave a licensed premise after he was kicked out of The World Bar in Sydney’s Potts Point in November 2017.

In sentencing the ex-Roosters junior player at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, magistrate Leanne Robinson acknowledged Darcy had been dealing with a number of emotional issues at the time including “the loss of perhaps a promising career in the NRL” due to injury.

He was fined $300 for the cocaine possession and $200 for failing to leave the nightclub.

Ms Robinson accepted his remorse was genuine.

However, she noted the assault victim – venue manager Michael Rowney – was “simply going about” his job.

Court documents state as Darcy was being escorted out, he shoved Mr Rowney “with both palms forcefully to his face” before knocking him to the ground, leaving him with a busted lip and swelling to his left cheek and eye.

“It’s a difficult job, dealing with intoxicated and potentially drug-affected people. He ought not to have been subjected to this behaviour,” Ms Robinson said.

Darcy had to be pried off the manager by multiple security guards, one of which he also wrestled to the floor.

The ex-league player was “continually aggressive and abusive” when police arrived, and smelled of liquor.

“He was unable to control the volume of his voice or his emotions,” the police facts state.

Officers handcuffed and searched Darcy, finding 0.76 grams of cocaine in his jeans.

Darcy’s lawyer Ahmad Moutasallem said his client’s “unfortunate emotional state” stemmed from injuries suffered in the preceding years, including shoulder surgery in 2016 which “spelled the end of his playing days”.

“Everything in his life up until that point was devoted to becoming that elite rugby league player,” he said.

“He was almost there, and his career was cut short.”

Mr Moutasallem said Darcy “had his life back in order” and had been undergoing drug and alcohol counselling.

He had asked the magistrate to consider not recording a conviction, while the prosecution submitted a good behaviour bond was appropriate.