Imagine playing elite footy and studying business part-time.
As stressful as it sounds, Western Bulldogs rookie-listed midfield Alex Greenwood has got it all under control.
Maybe it is his mental strength, his power to strive or just a will to be the best he can; no matter what, Greenwood is determined to show the world what he is capable of.
Showing promising capability around the clearances, as well as being an accurate kicker and being able to win the ball around stoppages, has seen Greenwood line up against men who are many years his senior.
However, playing against those players isn’t the toughest he’s had to endure.
“Training against Ryan Griffin, he is the hardest opponent to conquer, just training all summer and getting to be around him, is a handful to go against,” Greenwood told The Newsroom.
With the Western Bulldogs not going as good as hoped this year, their club culture, player determination and some wise words from Brendan McCartney has seen them improve round after round in high spirit.
“When the team is behind, the coach will have some words of encouragement, there might be a structure change or a personnel change.
“But depending on the team we’re playing and the situation, a lot of the time it isn’t just revving each other up and motivating; it’s more about making changes that will enable us to play better.”
The 19-year-old recalls that phone call that changed his life, labelling it as his greatest achievement thus far in his career as a professional AFL player.
“Getting drafted at the end of 2011 was the most satisfying moment. They gave me a call the night before the recruiting and said if no one else takes you, we’ll take you.
“I don’t think what I felt then can be put into words.”
As a result, Greenwood sees himself remaining loyal with the Doggies.
“I’m only 20 so in 10 years time, I’d like to play footy and play for this club being a more senior player.”
Every player has faced a few hurdles they have had to overcome in order to be where they are at today. Greenwood himself has faced a few but his petit body built is whats affected him most.
“I’m not a hugely built person and the position I play requires a fair bit of strength and size but probably just building up my body and being able to handle the change and still play good footy is probably the biggest hurdle.”
Despite his obstacles, Greenwood has got the right peace of mind to become the next Adam Cooney. – Iman Kamareldin
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