As West Coast Eagle Andrew Gaff runs on for his 250th game this weekend, former teammate WILL SCHOFIELD recalls the day he knew he was made of the right stuff.
I played under some great captains in my time at West Coast. Shannon Hurn, Chris Judd and Luke Shuey all influenced me in different ways.
But one message in particular stayed with me throughout my whole career. It shaped how I played, trained and handled myself as a man. Very early in my career, while giving me a lift home from training, my captain at the time Darren Glass offered some words of wisdom. He said at the end of your career as a player you can be one of two things – liked or respected. Sometimes you can be both, but it’s rare.
So what do you want to be? Liked or respected?
Obviously everyone wants to be liked as a person and in a football club environment, being liked is important. You want to fit in. It’s…