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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Brady Grey ‘leeching’ off new Fremantle Dockers teammate Brandon Matera

Reborn Fremantle forward Brady Grey has welcomed the addition of Brandon Matera to the club’s ranks, even if the former Gold Coast goalsneak will greatly increase competition for spots.
Grey, 22, who overcame being de-listed after 2016 to be re-rookied, fight his way into the AFL team and play 14 games before shoulder surgery ended his 2017 season, said he was using Matera as a valuable information source this year.
Matera, 25, played 101 matches and kicked 124 goals for the Suns.
He booted 22 goals in 10 games last year before injury prematurely ended his season.
“He has just got that X factor around goals, having watched him on television,” Grey said.
“He finds a way to kick a goal, that is why we brought him in to play his role and pressure in the forward line but also to kick those goals.
“He has fitted in well with the group.
“I have been leeching off him and learning how he plays.
“We have got Hayden Ballantyne who has played 150 games and all of these kids that have come in, their excitement levels are massive.
“It certainly helps in the last few weeks of pre-season when you start to get that lull period in the heavy phase.
“Knowing the competition for spots is so high you can’t really slack off.
“Certainly everyone is training at a high level.”
Grey said being de-listed at the end of 2016 had made him value his AFL opportunity far more now.
“You face your footy mortality and I didn’t really like the other side of it,” he said.
“If I am ever lacking motivation it is something that inspires me to keep going.”
Grey said he was coming off his best pre-season and would be putting his hand up to play in every pre-season match, including next week’s AFLX series in Adelaide.
“We have brought in 12 more guys so it is all about proving yourself and getting that seat on the bus again,” he said.
“I am putting my name up for selection.
“Every chance to pull on the guernsey I see as a privilege whether it is a practice game or at training or in a real game.
“I will certainly be putting my hand up to the match committee and we will see what they do.
“It is a different kind of running.
“It is really exciting for the fans.
“A lot of our training is based around small sides of games on bigger fields so it is kind of what we have been doing most pre-seasons but to have official rules it will be nice it will be nice to play a game with scores.”