Malthouse sets eyes on Cloke

Sportal September 11, 2012, 11:57 am
Mick Malthouse

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Mick Malthouse wasted little time after being unveiled as Carlton's new coach by declaring he will 'absolutely' target out-of-contract Collingwood power forward Travis Cloke.

Malthouse was unveiled by the Blues at Visy Park on Tuesday morning, with president Stephen Kernahan confirming the three-time premiership coach will be in charge for at least the next three years.

A prickly Malthouse became testy when challenged on exactly when he had first met with Carlton, insisting that he had had no contact with the club until eight days earlier, after they had moved on his predecessor and club great Brett Ratten.

But he did not hesitate when asked about the prospect of chasing after Collingwood star Cloke, who is still to publicly declare his intentions beyond 2012, a season in which he has struggled at times before regaining form in the past two matches.

"Absolutely," Malthouse said when asked if he would attempt a reunion with Cloke, having been his only coach at the Magpies until Nathan Buckley replaced Malthouse 12 months ago.

But Malthouse added that the Blues will contact Cloke 'at the appropriate time', after the Magpies' season comes to an end which could be as soon as this Saturday night when they face the Eagles in a cut-throat semi-final.

Kernahan backed Malthouse, even if he did reiterate what he had said when announcing Ratten's departure a fortnight ago, that he expects Cloke to remain in black and white.

"That was my personal view, as I said at the time but Mick's made it clear what he thinks," Kernahan said.

"I sincerely think, especially after the last couple of weeks, that Travis will be signed up by Collingwood and he will stay.

"So at the end of the footy season when he makes up his mind what he wants to do, if he wants to leave the club of course our club will be interested in pursuing him."

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  1. orri07:53am Tuesday 18th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Look at the wingers, be happy for what Mick has done and wish him well, oh wait these are Collingwood supporters, I really hope Collingwood make the grand final and get thrashed by Hawthorn, I like nothing better than 1. Two Victorian teams in the grand final 2. Collingwood loosing yet another one These comments are just one of the reasons why Collingwood is so hated by everyone who doesnt support them

  2. Louise08:13am Friday 14th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    2010 "They're my boys and I love them dearly." 2011- I could never coach against these boys. 2012 - On a day when these boys were stricken with grief over the death of a player you coached, instead of offering comfort to the boys you "loved" only 2 years ago, you make inappropriate superman comments and announce you will now coach our arch enemy. I just hope you realise that the 70,000 members you helped recruit, and who for a short time you were a hero to, now think a lot less of you as a person. I hope Carlton finish 9th for as long as we have a top 8.

  3. Glenn01:23pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Now we'll see how #$%$ Malthouse really is as a Coach.

  4. Graham12:32pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Very disappointed Mick. I thought your standards were much higher than to join a club that was proven to cheat the salary cap, proven to have tanked to gain priority draft picks, and proven to have done a dodgy deal to secure Judd as a 'Visy Ambassador'; a scenario that has now been blacklisted after the Tom Scully stupidity. Additionally you should have known better than to speak of Cloke whilst Collingwood are still participating in the finals. It doesn't matter how long they will last in them. You should have learned from last year when Marl Neeld was poached by Melb with two weeks left in the finals campaign and how unprofessional that was. Personally Mick I wish you all the best - but not at Carlton.

  5. garry jessop08:23am Wednesday 12th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I dont know Malthouse personally but when he says he personally hadn't met with Carlton prior to 8days ago I would take his word for that.I figure however his manager might have done the spruking which makes his comments accurate and truthful.The reason,or one,why he has been successful is that he speaks honestly in my view.He will be great for Carlton and its supporters.Everyone talks about Cloke who I believe would become a superstar at Carlton joining him but how about another little tidy superstar in Leon Davis joining his old coach at Carlton.Well that would get under their radar wouldnt it?????

  6. underarm_bowler06:52pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    not sure where they get the money if malthouse and cloak are going tb six mill plus what they owe on that stand

  7. underarm_bowler05:25pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    bluegirls going back to trying to buy premierships. I think Carltonwood will go well with cloke malthouse, brown, richardson, swann, scotland....not to mention Mcguane Mckenna and any others i missed. and all we got from them was Fraser Murphy. ripped off!!!!

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  8. Twochairs03:58pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Cloke will not join the Blues, mr. Ed will pull out the big money to stop that.As for Mick bringing half the woods to Carlton, heaven forbid, they are nearly all hasbeens.

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  9. V K03:54pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Expression on Eddy's face - priceless!

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  10. Lorraine02:42pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hugh i heard his going to coach port power next season all i can say to him good luck he is going to need it