Today I'm going to look at two of the most maligned footballers, probably in the history of the game, Kurt Tippett and Israel Folau.

Folau was the greatest signing since sliced bread. Kevin Sheedy loved him, said, 'he will take marks, he will play forward, he might even play in the ruck, he'd hold up the backline any day he wanted to go down there'. Folau was paid millions. He had millions to spend. He had millions to go too. The bank manager used to take him out for lunch everyday ... well not really ... but he was a wealthy young man, not getting a kick of the football.

It must have been hard for Folau being a superstar rugby league player, running out being an embarrassment every time he put his boots on.

Eventually the public humiliation got too much and he walked out. He didn't go back to the rugby league as everybody thought he would and as Ricky Stuart wanted him to. He went to the Waratahs, for about $600,000 for one year. Everybody's calling him a mercenary but you can't blame the kid.

Greater Western Sydney will not have his photo up in any shape or form in their club's history. He was an absolute failure. And of course, when we're talking about people who have crossed over, we have to mention Karmichael Hunt.

People have feted him this year for his work in the midfield. Have they checked the statistics? He's had about 10 possessions a week. Sure he's a great tackler but anybody with a rugby union or rugby league background is a great tackler. You can almost say he will fail too because I can't see him playing in a premiership for Gold Coast.

Which brings me to the last bloke, Kurt Tippett. He walked out. He'll possibly cost Steven Trigg and Phil Harper their jobs.

He was supposed to go to Brisbane. Adelaide were quite happy for him to go the Lions although with the window of opportunity opening for Adelaide, everybody thought he would stay. But no he opted for the cheque book, off to Sydney.

The only problem is, rumour has it, the Sydney people who pride themselves on culture do not want a mercenary in their midst.

In all intents and purposes, I know he's big and he plays forward. But he's never been much good in the ruck and if he misses the first couple of marks of the game, he's a liability.

But they are going to pay a king's ransom for a person who his team-mates won't embrace because they have this culture of sharing and caring and dying for each other.

Tippett has proved that he's not dying for anybody. The only thing he's dying for is to get money in the bank. He's a product of our time but will he embrace the Swans' code of conduct. I think not.

It's probably the worst move the Swans have ever made.

It just seems to me that he sold the Swans and I think they've made the biggest mistake they've ever made in the history of the club.

Time will tell.

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