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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Ex-Blue reveals torment playing under Malthouse


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Mitch Robinson may be a vital part of one of the AFL's most joyful teams in the Brisbane Lions, but life playing professional football wasn't always so rosy.

After being drafted in 2008 by Carlton, Robinson had complied some solid seasons at AFL level before Mick Malthouse made his much-heralded move across to the Blues.

It was under Malthouse that Robinson's career began to spiral out of control before he was eventually delisted by the club.

However, after being delisted by Carlton, Robinson was picked up by the Lions where he won the club best and fairest in his first season and has played solid football ever since.

According to the 30-year-old, it was under Malthouse's tenure at the Blues where he began to fall out of love with the game.

"He made it very tough for me to enjoy the game and to enjoy the environment that I was in at the Carlton footy club, which evidently, I guess, led to my delisting at one stage," Robinson said on his Rip Through It podcast.

Mick Malthouse

"Coming into work was always very tough. I’ve written in my diary many times that … I didn’t want to get out of the car and go into work because it was just a hard place to go to.

"He had ties into that and for some reasons that was probably why I didn’t perform at my best."

Malthouse's name has been in the news of late after he expressed his desire to return to coaching at the AFL level.

However, despite the 65-year-old's wealth of experience, which includes three premierships and an AFL/VFL record of 718 games coached, there is one vital trait Robinson says he lacks.

"He has that tough love, he’s an old-school coach. He knows how to give you a spray, but he just lacked the polish of bringing someone back up," he said.

Mitch Robinson

"In today’s game you’ve got to have all levels of communication and being able to talk to young players — there’s so many aspects to go into the game now and it’s more of a teaching background-type thing.

"I just don’t think he has that in his game and he’d be lacking in that regards."

However, despite Robinson's comments, Essendon great Tim Watson hit back, saying the Lions star's lack of maturity may have caused the friction with the legendary coach.

"He's just giving an honest assessment from his perspective as to how he found Mick Malthouse," Watson told SEN Breakfast.

"Not every coach works for every player and maybe the way Mick handled Mitch wasn't necessarily the right way to handle Mitch.

"But maybe Mitch wasn't mature enough those few years ago to be able to handle that type of coaching."

Mitch Robinson may be a vital part of one of the AFL's most joyful teams in the Brisbane Lions, but life playing professional football wasn't always so rosy.

After being drafted in 2008 by Carlton, Robinson had complied some solid seasons at AFL level before Mick Malthouse made his much-heralded move across to the Blues.

It was under Malthouse that Robinson's career began to spiral out of control before he was eventually delisted by the club.

However, after being delisted by Carlton, Robinson was picked up by the Lions where he won the club best and fairest in his first season and has played solid football ever since.

According to the 30-year-old, it was under Malthouse's tenure at the Blues where he began to fall out of love with the game.

"He made it very tough for me to enjoy the game and to enjoy the environment that I was in at the Carlton footy club, which evidently, I guess, led to my delisting at one stage," Robinson said on his Rip Through It podcast.

Mick Malthouse

"Coming into work was always very tough. I’ve written in my diary many times that … I didn’t want to get out of the car and go into work because it was just a hard place to go to.

"He had ties into that and for some reasons that was probably why I didn’t perform at my best."

Malthouse's name has been in the news of late after he expressed his desire to return to coaching at the AFL level.

However, despite the 65-year-old's wealth of experience, which includes three premierships and an AFL/VFL record of 718 games coached, there is one vital trait Robinson says he lacks.

"He has that tough love, he’s an old-school coach. He knows how to give you a spray, but he just lacked the polish of bringing someone back up," he said.

Mitch Robinson

"In today’s game you’ve got to have all levels of communication and being able to talk to young players — there’s so many aspects to go into the game now and it’s more of a teaching background-type thing.

"I just don’t think he has that in his game and he’d be lacking in that regards."

However, despite Robinson's comments, Essendon great Tim Watson hit back, saying the Lions star's lack of maturity may have caused the friction with the legendary coach.

"He's just giving an honest assessment from his perspective as to how he found Mick Malthouse," Watson told SEN Breakfast.

"Not every coach works for every player and maybe the way Mick handled Mitch wasn't necessarily the right way to handle Mitch.

"But maybe Mitch wasn't mature enough those few years ago to be able to handle that type of coaching."

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