Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs has spoken about the phenomenon of players who get homesick during their careers and move home.
Jacobs co-hosted the Rush Hour with former Crow Rhett Biglands and discussed the issue today, specifically in reference to his own move and Charlie Cameron’s potential move to Queensland.
Jacobs himself requested a move back to the Crows in his home state after four seasons on Carlton’s list in Melbourne.
Adelaide have been on both sides of the coin over the years, with Scott Thompson, Darren Jarman and Jacobs amongst those who have come home, while they lost Patrick Dangerfield in 2015 and look set to lose Jake Lever and Cameron in this trade period.
Jacobs said that he and the club would obviously prefer Cameron stayed.
“I’m a team mate and I am biased, I share a locker next to Charlie… as a club absolutely we want him to stay, we believe this is the best environment for him here at Adelaide,” Jacobs said.
“Whether that’s what he thinks or what his manager thinks, that’s for them to decide.”
Jacobs said the equation is different for younger players than older blokes.
“I guess if you ask a 20-25 year old it might be different from a 25-30 year old… it is easier [if you’re older] because you can go to a successful club interstate and you might be able to finish your career there, the end seems closer than the start” he said.
“Whereas if you’re 21-22 years old, you’ve still got 10 years ahead of you and you’ve still got a long way to forge a career.”
Jacobs said he completely understood the compulsion to move home.
“I look at American sports, it’s completely different to Australian sports,” he said.
“We live at home pretty much right up until we get drafted to a club not necessarily where we want to go.
“Whereas in America, people will move for college and it’s part of their history… part of their culture is to move around a lot.
“It (homesickness) is definitely real, I experienced it. I came home for not only a greater opportunity to play… but also because I wanted the opportunity to play some of my career in front of family and friends.”
Jacobs feels his career has been improved by coming home.
“I’m massive on a happy life, you’re gonna play the best footy you can,” he said.
“But that’s not to say I couldn’t have a great career at Carlton, I loved my time at Carlton, it was the best thing to happen to me to actually get taken away from my comfort zone… I’ve got my best friends that I talk to every day at Carlton.”
Listen to the full interview here: