This is the piece from Brent Read.
Maguire’s late call to Vaughan
Paul Vaughan was always going to Canterbury, something he made clear to Michael Maguire when the Wests Tigers coach contacted him at the 11th hour to get a sense of his plans for the future.
Vaughan and his respected manager Darryl Mather had zeroed in on the Bulldogs quickly after his career was brought to an unceremonious end at St George Illawarra.
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Vaughan had a longstanding relationship with Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett — the pair live near each other in Shellharbour and Vaughan had worked under Barrett with the Country side.
Mather has known Canterbury’s freshly-minted head of football Phil Gould for longer than either man cared to remember. It seemed like the perfect fit — the Bulldogs also had money to spend and a desire to invest it on a quality forward.
Vaughan certainly fitted into that category. His final game in a Dragons jersey was arguably his best of the year — he stampeded for more than 230 metres against the Warriors.
The deal with Canterbury was done on Tuesday afternoon when Bulldogs officials, Vaughan and Mather signed off on the final details of the contract.
So when Maguire called late on Tuesday to test the waters — Vaughan had agreed to accept the Bulldogs deal less than 30 minutes earlier — it was always going to be a short conversation.
“He was nice enough to call me,” Vaughan said.
“I think that was the first time I had spoken to Madge. He seems like a lovely bloke and I was really appreciative of that call.
“They are trying to build something really good there at the Tigers. Like I said it was never going to be anything but the Bulldogs for me.”
Vaughan’s decision added to the recent pain for the Tigers. In the space of a fortnight, they have missed out on Tevita Pangai Junior, Dale Finucane and Vaughan.
The Vaughan situation highlighted once again how the Tigers can’t get it right. Had Maguire called an hour earlier, he would have given Vaughan and his camp something to think about it.
As it was, the decision had already been made and the Tigers were left licking their wounds. Tim Sheens can’t arrive soon enough as he takes a wide-ranging look at the organisation and eases some of the pressure on Maguire.
Meanwhile, Vaughan is looking forward to his new adventure and repaying the faith that has been shown in him by the Bulldogs.
“I guess for me I really wanted to go there and show them what my intentions are,” Vaughan said.
“That was the biggest thing for me. For me, it is all in. There is no dancing around the fact I am going to go there and give it my all, train the best, play the best, and prepare the best I can.”