Players feel valued under Beveridge

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Sam Darley only played under Luke Beveridge for one season, but the Western Bulldogs coach sure left a strong impression.

The Tasmanianspent two years at the Kennel, and witnessed first hand the recent fall and rise of the Bulldogs, who on Saturday will be chasing just the second premiership in their history.

“My first year there (2014) was Brendan McCartney’s last year, so I got to see the lows of lows,’’ Darley told Fairfax Media on Friday.

“We lost Giff (Ryan Griffen), who went to the Giants, Macca left, we lost Shaun Higgins, (Daniel) Giansiracusa retired, (Adam) Cooneymoved on, so a massive chunk of the club was gone.

“We were like ‘where do we go from here?’ and there was crisis meetings being called in the off-season.

“But then Bevo came in and made everyone believe that no matter who went out, we could win, and you have seen that even in this finals series.

“From that point of view I am not surprised they have got this far, but with the injury list that they have had, to get to the big dance is very impressive.”

Darley, who was recruited to Greater Western Sydney from North Hobart as an underage recruit before being traded to the Dogs, said Beveridge was a man who was ‘’strong of character”.

TOP DOG: Luke Beveridge has drawn high praise from Tasmania’s Sam Darley, saying the coach makes his players believe in themselves. Picture: Getty Images

“He is just a very approachable person as well, and the players do want to play for him.

“His ability to make you think that you belong out there, and to make you believe you are better than who you are coming up against, is something to marvel at.”

Darley, who captains Richmond’s VFL side after being delisted by the Dogs, admitted he would still feel emotionally part of thegrand final against Sydney.

He said he feltfor Lin Jong, who missed selection despite proving his fitness in the VFL Grand Final, while Fletcher Roberts was one former teammate he hoped would do well.

But seeing Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris finally get to taste the ultimate success would really make him smile, men who are still his‘’Bulldog brothers”.

“They have been through the low times, and then through those years when they made a couple of prelims, but then they saw the low of lows again,’’

“To see them get a chance to win a medalwould bereally special.

“I live in Footscray in a 15-20 kilometre radius, every street pole is wrapped in red, white and blue, and I’d hate to think how many people there were at the open training session (on Thursday).

“There were 26,000 there when we won the VFL flag (in 2015) and that was the first bit of silverware since 1954, and there were people crying then, and that was for a VFL flag.

“I can’t comprehend what a win would mean for the fans, especially for those who have seen so much heartache.

“It will be the biggest uproar of emotion from a supporter base I can remember.”

Darley was confident of a Bulldogs win.He admittedhe would be watching it in his full playing kit, and said if the Dogs were in it at half-time they would be able to run away with the game.

IN HIS DOG DAYS: Tasmania’s Sam Darley representing Footscray in the VFL last season.

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