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No holding Grey back

Tom Fee  December 22, 2017 8:30 AM

Brady Grey is ready to take on 2018 without any shoulder complications.

Brady Grey didn’t leave anything on the field in during 14 games in 2017 and the tenacious forward has approached his pre-season in a similar manner. 

The 22-year-old’s 2017 season was hampered by a recurring shoulder injury, however after some off-season surgery, Grey has been training with the main group unrestricted by his now recovered left shoulder. 

“Coming back from the shoulder surgery, it’s been a pretty slow build to my pre-season during November,” Grey said. 

“But now I’ve got amongst the boys and I’ve been in full training since December came around. 

“It’s been really enjoyable so far.” 

As a safeguard, Grey will wear strapping on his shoulder throughout the 2018 season.

“It’s just one a more precautionary side of things from the doctors but it’s fully recovered and ready to go for 2018,” Grey said.

“Because of the seriousness of the surgery, it was all about getting my mobility back and getting the strength back that I lost during the season and after the surgery.

“I was working towards getting the same strength as my right shoulder and it’s all there at the moment.” 

Now in his fifth pre-season at Fremantle after being selected in the 2013 National Draft, Grey said he’s enjoying the responsibilities that come with being an experienced member of the playing group.

“It’s kind of a weird feeling coming in as one of the more experienced heads amongst the group,” Grey said.

“I’m trying to guide the young boys through to understand the process of getting up for four running sessions a week, the recovery and everything required for that.

“It’s been an enjoyable learning experience.”

One player coming under Grey’s wing is fellow Tasmanian Hugh Dixon – a key forward drafted with pick no.44 in November’s draft.

Dixon has become a temporary housemate with Grey and Ethan Hughes as he settles into life at Freo.

“Hugh’s living with us up until Christmas, so it’s been nice having another Tasmanian,” Grey said. 

“We’re certainly bringing him along and his work ethic is there. It will be exciting to get him on the park and see where it takes him for the season.

“It’s exciting, all the guys that we’ve brought in are really talented.”