“The longer we explored that the harder it looked…and the pull for home got too great,” Wood said.
So in the middle of last week Wood said his goodbyes as his family moved to Brisbane to prepare to fly home, and on the Gold Coast on Monday he was turning his attention to Saturday’s elimination final against St Kilda happy with the family’s decision.
“Tiff will be getting back soon and hopefully feeling comfortable at home, a bit more privacy, a bit more control, she is looking forward to being in her own home,” Wood said.
The decision indicates the reality of life away from home for most of the AFL, dealing with questions they could not have contemplated as possible at the start of the year with Wood’s teammate Josh Bruce also preparing for a new baby while St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary’s partner Emma had a baby last week in Queensland.
Families have adapted and Wood said now the finals have arrived, players and officials were chasing the premiership hard.
“It’s been a big fight for us to get this opportunity. Obviously all seasons throw up their different curveballs but ours didn’t get off to the start we were after and I am really proud of the group,” Wood said.
“The way the pressure was absorbed early and being able to play in the presence of that has us positioned well for finals because finals is an absolute pressure cooker.”