‘Insulting’: Dees coach slams ‘laughable’ pre-season reports
MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin says reports he offered his resignation over the Demons' cancelled training camp were "laughable", slamming suggestions the saga influenced Round 1 selection.
The gruelling training camp was called off after a number of players raised concerns with the AFL Players' Association, a year after Dom Tyson had suffered a knee injury and Christian Salem had been knocked out on a previous camp.
Speaking on SEN's Whateley program on Wednesday, Goodwin dismissed reports he had offered his resignation as a "rumour" that had grown into "folklore".
In shutting down the reports, the Melbourne coach emphasised his commitment to the Demons.
"That was a rumour and I think we do need to be really careful in this industry when rumours go around because they actually become folklore over time," Goodwin said.
"That was so far from the truth it wasn't funny.
"That was disappointing but at the same time, I understand how these things grow. They spread quickly. They grow from rumour to folklore and then they become a part of what the story becomes.
"That certainly wasn't the case. I'm fully committed to this playing group and club.
"We are building something pretty unique and special."
Tyson and young gun Angus Brayshaw were both left out of Melbourne's Round 1 squad against Geelong, prompting suggestions they had been among the players who had gone to the AFLPA.
But Goodwin said it was "completely laughable" to suggest selection had been influenced by a situation that had been dealt with several months earlier.
"I heard those reports and it was laughable," the Melbourne coach said.
"We dealt with that camp four months earlier,. It all went down on a Friday and by the Monday we had moved on as a footy club.
"We had addressed it with the players, we had spoken about the learnings of the club; from a leadership group, from a coaching and from a medical perspective.
"Every scenario from that camp, there were learnings to be had.
"(In regards to) selection, that was completely laughable.
"I have great relationships with all those players and there is certainly no feeling or ill feeling towards a really small piece in our puzzle of building what we want to build as a footy club."
Goodwin said he had been insulted by rumours the camp saga had strained his relationship with certain players.
"I was disappointed because it has been such a big story but such a small piece over our journey over the summer," he said.
"To think I would actually do that and think like that, it was a bit insulting in that regard in terms of I would never think like that and I would never hold a grudge like that.
"We grew, we made a decision together, we move forward together.
"We respect our players and how they feel and how we go about our business."