Wellingham wants West Coast

Sportal October 4, 2012, 8:54 pm
Sharrod Wellingham

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Collingwood midfielder Sharrod Wellingham has revealed he wants to be traded to West Coast for the 2013 AFL season.

The 24-year-old Western Australian explained the chance for his family to come and see him play regularly was a major factor in his decision to leave the Magpies.

Having nominated his preferred trade destination, Wellingham has an overseas trip planned and will leave West Coast and Collingwood to sort out a deal.

"I spent the last week working through the decision and the process with my manager and I am really looking forward to continuing my career at West Coast," Wellingham told Triple M in Melbourne.

"I am very appreciative of the opportunities that Collingwood gave me, I will always have some very good friends there but it is now time to move on.

"The dealings I have had with West Coast have been really impressive and I will now go on a break overseas and wait for the two clubs to reach a deal on the terms of my move back home.

"It will be exciting to get back to Perth and to play in front of my family every week.

"That was a very strong influence on my decision to leave and I look forward to playing with the Eagles."

Wellingham has played 92 games for Collingwood since being drafted by the Magpies with pick 10 in the 2006 AFL Rookie Draft.

The speedy midfielder has played 20 or more games for the Magpies in each of the past three seasons.

Wellingham believes joining the Eagles could mean an opportunity to win a premiership, something he achieved with Collingwood in 2010.

"Playing against them, we had enormous respect for West Coast, and I believe they have a young list capable of winning a premiership in the next few years," Wellingham said.

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  1. underarm_bowler05:40pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Will always be remembered by me, especially for knocking out kade Simpson. Right up there with the day mangro knocked out jezza, closely followed by Darren milburn knocking out silvagni.

  2. underarm_bowler05:37pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Is rooster being a kock again

  3. fred10:11am Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why doesn't your mum move to Melbourne to watch you play. Gimme a break your a professinal sportsman. Why leave the best team in the country.

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  4. 09:10am Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What they need to do, is to send Collywood to Darwin, and Geelong to Hobart. Then every state has a team.

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  5. Ln08:43am Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    well if he wants to go his heart is not with the magpies thanks for you efforts while you played with us I enjoyed it collingwood should be the winner here big trade up a comming

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  6. Bob10:59pm Thursday 04th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He wont be going anywhere unless collingwood agree to him leaving. And under their terms.

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