Jarman Impey pays tribute to Port Adelaide

Jarman Impey
13 Oct, 2017 by Mike Lynch

A touching departing message from Jarman Impey has breathed fresh air into what has been a fairly nasty AFL Trade Period.

Bad blood

There have been a number of ugly situations emerge over the last couple of months on the AFL Trades front.

Plenty of reported issues between Jake Stringer and Luke Beveridge. Jack Watts and Goodwin. Jake Lever and Tex. Gaza and the Suns…

Jarman Impey

All of these scenarios have seen some fairly unpleasant elements emerge.

Fortunately former Port Adelaide player turned Hawk Jarman Impey has shown there is still some dignity out there during trade time.

Jarman Impey’s class act

Jarman Impey was traded to Hawthorn on Thursday. Sealing a return home to Victoria, with the Power receiving pick 33 among a swap of late picks.

Impey took to social media yesterday to explain his move saying “it was all about family.”

Jarman Impey

In the message he paid tribute to his late father who he lost almost a year ago.

“Almost a year ago my dad, my best friend, my number 1 supporter, the man who single handily raised me left this earth.”

Jarman Impey

“Unfortunately my best football left with him. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to give you my best during the season. Sometimes the pressures outside of football can get a bit much.”

“My perspective on life has changed and as important as football is to me, family will always come first. I am sorry if anyone is disappointed by this decision but I can assure you this decision has nothing to do with PAFC as a club.”

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Almost a year ago my dad, my best friend, my #1 supporter, the man who single handily raised me left this earth. Unfortunately my best football left with him. I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to give you my best during the season. Sometimes the pressures outside of football can get a bit much. My perspective on life has changed and as important as football is to me, family will always come first. I am sorry if anyone is disappointed by this decision but I can assure you this decision has nothing to do with PAFC as a club.

I can’t fault this club, they’ve done more for me then I could ever ask! It’s a great place to be; it is simply what I believe is in the best interest of both of us. I am ready for the new challenges ahead of me and feeling very grateful that Hawthorn, the football team that inspired me growing up has seen the potential in me and welcomed me to their club. Thank you PAFC for getting me through some really hard – dark times and for bringing me back home, I will always be cheering for you. I have without a doubt made life long friends during my time here in Adelaide, especially my team mates who I will miss tremendously ❤️ I’m ready to take on football and make the most of the job I’m so lucky to have. See you all next year Much love Jars x

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Love for the Power

Impey also took the chance to thank the Port Adelaide Football Club.

“I can’t fault this club, they’ve done more for me then I could ever ask! It’s a great place to be; it is simply what I believe is in the best interest of both of us. I am ready for the new challenges ahead of me and feeling very grateful that Hawthorn, the football team that inspired me growing up has seen the potential in me and welcomed me to their club.”

“Thank you PAFC for getting me through some really hard – dark times and for bringing me back home, I will always be cheering for you.”

Jarman Impey

“I have without a doubt made life long friends during my time here in Adelaide, especially my team mates who I will miss tremendously ❤️ I’m ready to take on football and make the most of the job I’m so lucky to have. See you all next year. Much love Jars x”

Players are people too

For me Impey’s farewell message serves as a reminder that footballers are human. I know to many that may come across as a fairly naive and ignorant comment. During trade time, players are picked apart and their ‘value’ is debated by clubs, coaches, the media and fans alike. These players are compared as though they are cuts of steak being flogged off on a Saturday morning at Vic Market.

Players are put on this pedestal. And I think that a lot of us (myself included) can forget that they are real people with real feelings and real families.

I think the way Impey paid tribute to his father, his teammates and the PAFC was quite phenomenal.

I wish him all the best with his move to the Hawks. And I’m sure he will continue to do his Dad proud.

by Mike Lynch – contributor

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