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Peoples pulls pin

Nathan Peoples flies for a mark for North Shore against St Albans in 2018. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

QUEENSCLIFF remains hopeful recruit Nathan Peoples may feature at some stage during season 2019 after deciding to take a break from football.

The former North Shore star was unveiled as the Coutas’ first major signing back in October, but coach Steve Clark says a change in circumstances has seen Peoples step away.

“Nath was keen to come down and committed before Christmas, and he had a lot going on in his life at the time as well,” Clark told krockfootball.com.au’s Season Countdown.

“He was busy at work; he was going on a trip to Kokoda, he was moving house; so there were quite a few things that were happening for him.

“Potentially, all that came at the wrong time for us – that we broke for Christmas.

“Then over the Christmas break he had a think about it, he got a new job with more responsibility, so it was just getting really hard for him with footy.

“I think he’d almost already let go before we rang him … it’s no good trying to force it.

“We’d absolutely love to have him. He’s a ripper fella, leadership; he’s got the whole lot.”

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Clark says they will give Peoples plenty of space to make up his mind, with no action taken on his clearance since it was lodged in November.

“We certainly don’t want to be forcing blokes into something they don’t want to – they’ll go backwards,” he said.

“We’ll just wait and see.”

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