Crameri could have key role

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JA­SON PHE­LAN

GEELONG’S ex­per­i­ment with key de­fender Harry Tay­lor in at­tack could be over, with re­cruit Ste­wart Crameri to be groomed for a key for­ward post. Tay­lor, a two-time premier­ship and All Aus­tralian de­fender, trained as a for­ward last pre-sea­son and was used mainly as a foil to fel­low big man Tom Hawkins in 2017.

He fin­ished the sea­son with just 22 goals, but was of­ten warmly praised by coach Chris Scott for the off-the-ball work he did in­side at­tack­ing 50.

Crameri has played most of his 99 AFL games as a more mo­bile, third tall op­tion in at­tack, but it ap­pears the Cats have some­thing slightly dif­fer­ent in mind. “Chris (Scott) asked me if I could play key for­ward and I said that maybe I could,” Crameri told SEN yes­ter­day. “I’ll see how I go if I can bulk up in the gym a lit­tle bit.

“But (I’ll do) any one of those roles ... just help­ing the likes of Tommy Hawkins and (Dan) Men­zel and few oth­ers.

“I just want to slot in with their sys­tems.”

Crameri is com­ing off a wretched two years but could prove an as­tute pick up with the Cats’ first pick at the rookie draft. The 29-year-old was cut by the West­ern Bull­dogs af­ter he man­aged just two games this sea­son due to a hip in­jury and missed the club’s 2016 premier­ship as he served a sea­son-long dop­ing ban aris­ing from his time at Essendon.

But he is in­jury-free and will move his fam­ily from Mel­bourne to Geelong as he looks to make the most of an op­por­tu­nity he thought might not hap­pen. “The trou­ble I had was there was no one call­ing,” he said of the wor­ry­ing pe­riod af­ter he was let go by the Dogs.

Ste­wart Crameri

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