Dele­dio aims to prove he still has what it takes

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NEIL CORDY

BRETT Dele­dio has an il­lus­tri­ous 243- game on his re­sume but the Gi­ants’ star re­cruit still feels he has some­thing to prove to his new team­mates.

Dele­dio will play his first game for GWS on Satur­day in Can­berra against Melbourne af­ter miss­ing the first 19 rounds with a se­ries of calf in­juries.

“I prob­a­bly do ( have some­thing to prove),” he said.

“I want to show them ( my team­mates) I came up here for the right rea­sons and I can still play the game and offer some­thing. They’re an ex­cit­ing bunch of blokes to play with.”

The 30- year- old said 2017 had been the most frus­trat­ing of his 13 sea­sons in the AFL as he fre­quently re- in­jured his trou­ble­some calf mus­cles.

“I have lost count,” Dele­dio said.

“Over­all I’ve had a nick in the calf about eight or nine times. They’ve never been huge, just tiny things that set you back a cou­ple of weeks at a time.”

Dele­dio is likely to be joined on field in Can­berra by fel­low mid­fielder Ja­cob Hop­per, who is set to re­turn from a 10- week ab­sence with an an­kle in­jury.

RIGHT REA­SONS: Brett Dele­dio at a Greater Western Syd­ney Gi­ants AFL train­ing ses­sion at Syd­ney Olympic Park.

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