'I did what I set out to do' - Roos leaves a happy man
PAUL Roos has always been a laid-back character. Throughout his 356-game playing career with Fitzroy and Sydney. And even throughout two stints as senior coach with the Swans and, until last year, Melbourne.
But, he's decidedly relaxed these days, having handed over the coaching reins at the Demons to Simon Goodwin.
He's hung up the whistle for good.
Instead he spends some of his time helping to run a new business with American wife Tami, The Roos Synergy.
It provides well-being and leadership support to individuals and groups, Tami being a trained teacher in meditation.
She has no doubt played her part in 'Roosy' maintaining that cool, calm and collected image over the years.
The 2005 Swans premiership coach is out walking his dog when contacted by News Regional Media.
But, the 53-year-old won't be walking away from footy completely, having re-joined the media part-time to provide some expert comment on television and radio.
"I'm looking forward to having a bit of time to myself but still be involved in footy," he says.
"It'll be good to go to footy games and not having to worry about anything
"Go as a bit of a fan."
Renowned as a great teacher of young players, he will continue to "educate", as he puts, viewers when in the commentary box with the Fox Footy network or Triple M radio.
"Try and give them a real insight into what modern footy is all about," he says.
Roos will also co-host a new-look League Teams with Derm and Roosy each Thursday - or Wednesday if there's a Thursday night game - on Fox Footy.
"It's good fun," says Roos, who was a member of On The Couch (2011-2013) with Gerard Healy and Mike Sheahan.
As a footy fan, he's most looking forward to 2015 Brownlow Medallist and new Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe returning from his broken leg, as well as Jaeger O'Meara being back in action, now for Hawthorn, after two years on the sidelines with ongoing knee problems.
"He's an elite talent," Roos says.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what he can deliver."
Then there's O'Meara's former Gold Coast Suns teammate Gary Ablett, who is set to resume playing duties after his latest shoulder setback last season.
"Gazza is probably the best player I've seen in my time watching football," Roos says.
"He's just an extraordinary talent."
Roos will of course also be an interested watcher of the Demons, who he spent three seasons after knocking back an offer to take charge of the Brisbane Lions after leaving the Sydney Swans, firstly as senior coach and then as its academy boss.
"I spoke to (then Lions chairman) Angus Johnson (in late 2013)," Roos recalls.
"My parents are getting older now.
I'm a Melbourne boy and if I was going to do anything it would be heading back to Melbourne
"And that's the way it turned out."
He took charge of the Demons with them languishing in second last spot with two wins for the 2013 season, and a decade of poor results behind them.
He left them knocking on the door of the finals.
"That's what it was all about three years ago - to put the club in a good position to attack with a better list and good coaches
"I did what I set out to do.
'I'm really confident with where the club's at. Goody (Simon Goodwin) has had a great apprenticeship
"I'm loving what they're doing.
"I ran into a Melbourne supporter this morning and he said the same thing
"It's good to hear from the supporters that it's the first time we've felt like things are heading in the right direction - that was indicitive of (achieving) 4 wins (in 2014), 7 wins (2015) and 10 wins (2016)."
Roos said of all those win last season, the most significant was the one against Hawthorn - it ended a run of 13 straight defeats against the Hawks.
"The Hawthorn game gave the players belief," Roos recalls
"That gave us a good indication of how far we'd come."
There's still some way to go as a team, and as individuals. Namely spearhead Jesse Hogan, who put his own hand up recently and admitted he needed to be more mature out on the field.
"I think we forget that he's still a really young player," Roos says. "He's got a lot to learn, just general maturity
"But that's the same with (teammate Angus) Brayshaw and all those young guys at Melbourne, and all those other teams
"I'm confident he (Hogan) will have a very very good year and career."
Roos says there has been no itchy feet, but there are certain aspect of being deeply involved in footy clubs he will miss
"I think after the game ...winning. That's something you never replace.
"When the guys are singing the club song, particularly at Melbourne to see those players celebrating and the fans and the staff celebrating."