At the start of the year I looked at the move of Brett Deledio from Richmond to GWS. And while the former Tiger would have been hoping to make an immediate impact at his new club, this has not been possible with injury gruelling his season to date.
The midfielder will finally make his long-awaited AFL return this week in Canberra against Melbourne, barring any late mishaps. And with a lengthy injury list the Giants will certainly welcome his experience and class.
An unforgettable 2017 so far
Deledio signed a three year deal with the Giants during last year’s trade period and hoped a fresh start would help him recapture his best football this year and beyond.
The 30 year old was flying in pre-season until he suffered a calf-injury in February. This led to multiple complications and to make matters worse he suffered an injury to his good calf in June. This did put his entire 2017 campaign in jeopardy.
“Thoughts definitely did go through my head that maybe I’d be better off just cooling the heels for the rest of the year and getting it right. You want nothing more than to be able to go out and earn the respect of your teammates, show them what you can do, and show them the reasons you came here. It can be a lonely place at times, but the boys have been fantastic in getting around me.”
The Premiership dream is still alive
Brett Deledio has now played two NEAFL games in succession and if he can remain fit he will certainly have an important role to play for GWS in their finals assault.
During his tenure at the Tigers the veteran did not play in a solitary finals win. GWS are well placed for a top four finish and ironically so is his former club Richmond.
Still looking for his first taste of finals success, maybe it will come against the Tigers for Brett Deledio.