19 December 2011

Man management Furner style as Daniel Vidot drops the bucket

| johnboy
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The Herald Sun has a piece on former Raider’s star Daniel Vidot and his relationship with coach Furner:

On the back of a breakout 2010 in which he posted 16 tries on Canberra’s right wing, Vidot was primed for higher honours after being selected in the Maroons’ emerging Origin squad a year ago.

But his plans were shattered when Furner shuffled him to the opposite flank on the eve of last year’s trials to accommodate Blake Ferguson.

The switch affected Vidot’s performance, negating his left-foot step and potent vertical leap. However, it was long-lasting disappointment and resentment towards Furner that proved the ultimate downfall.

“It was pretty upsetting,” Vidot, 21, said. “I felt I’d played really well on the right wing the previous year and I was training strong with an eye to making the (Queensland) Origin team.

“It was a big blow and it got me down.”

A member of Canberra’s 2008 Toyota Cup-winning side, Vidot felt entitled to more loyalty in exchange for his service to the Green Machine. However, he holds no grudges against Ferguson.

“I’ve got absolutely nothing against Blake. We were good mates all along,” he said, “It’s just hard to work for a boss you’re not happy with.

“I was upset about the decision he (Furner) made.

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