I have a couple of sources in the club. All year their feedback was most consistent on these two points
“The tigers are training the house down”
“The players seem to respect Madge”
So, Madge works them super hard and isn’t their mate.
I have zero doubt Madge is a tough task master. I have zero doubt some players won’t like that. In fact some won’t have the bodies to cope with it (like Inglis)
But. Every tigers fan out there KNOWS the Tigers need to toughen up.
Somehow we became a soft bellied club. The opposite of our dual roots.
I know we have a tough three years coming under Madge. Culture change takes years.
It will separate the men from the boys. One little boy has had a tantrum and thrown his toys out of the cot already after only one season, let’s see if any others do as well. The ones that hang in there will reap the reward big time and hopefully be stronger, fitter and more capable players in the long run because that’s what this club so desperately needs.