The Advertiser wrote an open letter to Dangerfield, who grew up in nearby Mogg’s Creek, pleading with him to relocate to Geelong.
“COME HOME PADDY! COME HOME!,” the letter starts.
“Your heart is here, your family is here, your future is here.
“Patrick Dangerfield, we know Geelong fans everywhere want to see you where you belong — in the hoops!
“That’s why we are giving them a chance to let you know their feelings by starting the #comehomepaddy petition
“We know a petition sounds serious — and we mean no disrespect to those who use them to seek social change — but we do think you need to be reminded over there in Adelaide that if you choose to join the Cats you will not just be joining a great football club, you will be rejoining a fabulous, proud community.
“We know you love it here. It’s not just Moggs Creek, it’s what Moggs Creek represents. That feeling of belonging. That feeling of being home.
“So Come Home Paddy! Come Home! We need you!”
It’s not the first time the Advertiser has done something like this. In 2009, the newspaper renamed itself the Ablettiser for a day in order to try to convince Gary Ablett is stay with the club.
Kardinia Park is going to be unbearable this weekend. pic.twitter.com/TBRPegdUEE
— Jonathan Schomburgk (@schomjo) August 30, 2015