They ran the highly dubious claims as a front page “exclusive” this morning, on the express orders of Editor-in-Chief Paul Ramadge. Age insiders tell VEXNEWS this debacle is a “very serious embarrassment” for the new editor. The false story has now been pulled from The Age’s website, but is republished here in full.
It is unknown whether the Age paid the dodgy source – possibly a conman – for the tale. Its author Rohan Connolly was not immediately available for comment.
The Herald Sun online has since gleefully reported that Hird has no interest in returning to play AFL and is busy with his business interests. James Hird has emphatically refuted the Age’s false story:
But today Hird flatly denied the claims.
“Thereâ€™s no chance of me coming back to football.”
And Hird said there was no truth to the claim that he was seeking a meeting with Knights.
â€œNo. Thatâ€™s not right.â€
â€œMy footy days are well and truly over,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m very happy doing what Iâ€™m doing as a director of Gemba which is a marketing company.
â€œWeâ€™ve just invested a lot of money overseas into India and Hong Kong where there are offices there and a push into the US.