From "Daily Prophet"
INTERVIEW WITH LUKE RODAK
Luke "Orick" Rodak, coach of the London Inquisitors and recent winner of the Golden Broom Media Award found some time to talk with us about his job, his current team standing and the future of Quiddicht. I hope that our readers will enjoy this little talk.
DAILY PROPHET: Welcome, Luke! It's nice to see you again, after two years of break. Another Media Award will now decorate your office!
LUKE RODAK: Hello, Daily Prophet! Yes, once again I've managed to win the Award, although the competition was extremely tough. I guess my recent involvement with making quidditch magazines more popular around the world might have won me this one. Still I am very grateful for every vote in my favour.
DP: Doesn't it hurt that you personally have more cups and awards than your team?
LR: What kind of question is that? Of course it doesn't hurt I see no reason to even compare my work as a Media person, altough it is a part of my job and the work that Inquisitors are doing. Even though we have no trophies in our cabinet we've achieved a lot. We're now an Honour League team and that means a lot. I think we don't have anything to be ashamed of. Next question please.
DP: Well, since you've started it... How is your team doing now? After a spectacular win with Dursleys on matchday one, Inquisitors seem to be in a recess...
LR: You're right, we might've gotten overjoyed and too cocky after this unexpected win against very difficult rivals. What's even more funny, our lates win was also with a team from the top of the League, Vultures. I guess my players get really focused when it comes to games with the big guys.
DP: Were you expectng more or less coming to Honour?
LR: Well, we knew it will be tough, but we had no idea, that things will actually look like that. Every match is a real struggle for us and even though my players are giving everything they have, it's not enough very often. Right now we're trying to avoid relegation and I really hope that our hard work will get us there.
DP: So no Trophies for now?
LR: *laughs* No, certainly not. But to be honest staying in Honour league is an achievement itself. Knowing that you're one of the best teams in the world means something. Although I do hope that future holds some surprises for us.
DP: Are you prepared to compete? You didn't make a single transfer this season.
LR: That is true, although I cannot say we were inactive. We've send several direct offers for certain players, but naturally teams are not eager to part ways with their stars, even for a big sum of money. But we didn't say our last word yet. And, after all, our current squad is pretty solid.
DP: What are your thoughts about disputed changes to the laws of the game? Wider lineups, rotations during the matches and most importantly, banning the healing spells Do you think that enabling injuries is a good way to go?
LR: First of all, it's not a total ban on healing spells, just the ones that work rapidly. We all know that their consequences are pretty dire. Most of the former quidditch players have incredible problems with their bones and muscles when they reach 40. I believe that even though banning some of the spells and medicaments from the game might result in these injuries you speak of, but also they might ease the pain once Quidditch players end their careers. A fun, or rather grim, fact: yesterday I had a meeting with two of my friends from German Quidditch League - in which these spells and elixirs are banned from a long time - Gerhard Schneider and Adam Amsel. We're all over 50 years old now and we have absolutely no problems with our bodies, even though we've suffered pretty grim injuries back in the day. Later I've met with Fairfax Brick, my former player, who is advancing to 40. And believe it or not, poor fellow has to rely on special balms just to make the pain from his many times rapidly re-grown knee stop. I think it's the players like him that make the Authorities of British Quidditch League think about putting the safety of the players and their happy and calm retirement above all.
DP: That is very good point, Luke. Is there anything else you would like to see changed regarding the rules?
LR: Yes, I think we need an official Loan system. Right now it's a mix between direct negotiation and transfers, but players cannot be oficially put on the "Loan" list and their comeback is more a result of a "gentlemen agreement" than anything else. I really hope this matter will be resolved with official rules and terms.
DP: Thank you very much for this conversation, it was a pleasure!
LR: The pleasure is all mine! Thank you very much.
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