COLLINGWOOD captain Scott Pendlebury has recalled the time he received a stinging rebuke from former coach Michael Malthouse.
Pendlebury, 29, was discussing the difficulty of giving teammates’ critical feedback in the wake of Sunday’s loss to St Kilda, saying “it is one of the hardest things in football to go to a teammate, a friend, and say ‘We need you to lift in this area’.”
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Pendlebury said players were conditioned to this sort of tough love, but admits a spray from Malthouse in his first few years at the club has stuck with him.
“I’ve copped it straight between the eyes at half-time of a game against St Kilda one day,” Pendlebury said on the Jock and Journo Podcast.
“I think I had 21 touches at half time, I thought I was flying.
“I didn’t realise, but I had two kicks and 19 handballs at half-time and Mick came in and I was looking for eyes, thinking I was going to get a compliment, here.
“I think I was about 21 at the time, and he said ‘Where is Scotty Pendlebury?’
“I said ‘I’m here, Mick’, feeling really confident.
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“And he said ‘If you don’t start kicking that football, I will cut both of your hands off.
“So the next few times I got the ball in the third quarter I kicked it about two metres.”
Pendlebury said the blunt feedback at football clubs “smacks you in the face” soon after you are drafted.
But the skipper strongly backed star forward Darcy Moore to perform for the team, admitting the Magpies’ sloppy ball use inside-50m was hurting the third-year goalkicker.
“As a young guy, it’s great to work through these times and experiences, and he is working hard in front of the ball and creating options,” he said.
“We are not helping him by missing targets and not making his life easy.
“It will come, once we sort out our stuff with the ball in hand and our connection piece gets better, you will see more of his strengths come to the fore.
“At times it’s going to be hard yards in AFL, it’s not easy, and he knows that and he is working extremely hard for the team.
“Some weeks it’s going to be up the ground, some weeks it will be deep.”
Pendlebury said he was excited for Daniel Wells’s potential Collingwood debut against the Bombers.
“He is the best kick in the comp inside-50m, statistically,” he said.
“That’s not opinion, that’s fact.
“If he was to come in this week it might help what our weakness is.
“I’ll make sure I handball (to him), because I’ll be that excited I’ll probably throw it to him.”
Originally published as ‘I will cut both of your hands off’
SOURCE: newsnow sport