FREMANTLE recruit Jordan Clark has dismissed reports he hung up on Geelong list manager Stephen Wells during AFL trade period and says he has “no hard feelings” towards his former club.
Geelong haggled with Fremantle over Clark’s trade value before sending him west for pick No.22, plus a late swap of picks, late on Wednesday’s deadline day.
SEN reported Clark and Wells previously had a testy phone conversation after negotiations had stalled, ending with the wingman abruptly hanging up.
Wells denied that on Wednesday and Clark followed suit on Thursday.
“There was a phone call but there was no angst amongst the phone call and I certainly didn’t hang up,” Clark told reporters.
“It was a really good phone call and we had a good chat. It was sort of a follow-up call just to see how things were going.
“Wellsy obviously is a list manager and he has to do his role to get the best for that club as well.
“It was a very good call, he just asked me how I was going and how I was dealing with everything – for it to come out with (reports of) a bit of angst amongst the call was a bit surprising.”
Clark, 20, was predominantly pushed to the wing at Geelong, rather than his preferred half-back role, and had limited starting opportunities this season.
But he was adamant he had “no hard feelings” towards now-departed Cats backline coach Matthew Scarlett.
“Scarlo’s a very good coach and he ran a tight ship in the backline,” he said.
“As far as our relationship goes, there’s no problems with our relationship – it’s probably more just how they selected the team, which didn’t go my way sometimes.”
Clark, who previously knocked back “preliminary” interest from Fremantle last year, was adamant he would have fronted up for Geelong for the final year of his contract if his trade fell through.
After struggling to hold down a spot ahead of Geelong’s senior players, Clark welcomed a chance to prove himself in Fremantle’s younger list.
“I don’t think my career needs revitalising … but I’m excited to get to work and get in front of a fresh set of eyes and put my best foot forward,” he said.
“… I like to run and carry and break lines and just take the game on really. That’s something I want to get back to and get back to my best.
“I’ve found over the last year and a bit I was a bit down on confidence at times and I just want to get back to how I was day one and not worry about making errors.”
(C) AAP 2021