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Rising Langdon ready for GWS challenge

A Giant 'challenge' - Langdon Ed Langdon spoke to the media ahead of the GWS game on Saturday.

Ed Langdon has emerged as one of the game’s exciting young midfield talents in the past two seasons and the 23-year-old is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the stacked GWS midfield on Saturday at UNSW Canberra Oval. 

Langdon is averaging just under 27 disposals per game in 2019, up from his career-high average of 22.4 in 2018 when he finished fourth in the Doig Medal. 

On Saturday, the Freo midfield faces the likes of Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Tim Taranto and Lachie Whitfield in what Langdon expects to be an exciting match-up. 

“That’s probably their number one strength, the number of players who have those traits of overlap run and really aggressive speed,” Langdon said.

“It’s going to be a challenge but I think everyone is pretty keen to have a crack.”

The game will be Langdon’s first a UNSW Canberra Oval. 

Langdon played all but one Freo game in 2018, missing Freo’s clash against the Giants in Canberra as a late withdrawal due to illness.

He said he’s looking to build on his form away from home after a promising start to the season.

“It’s something I’m really looking to improve this year. I think my home form was pretty good last year but when I played away I was a bit inconsistent,” Langdon said.

“I’ve been reasonably happy with my opening month but I’m looking to improve, I think I’ve still got a few gears to climb through.

“I’ve personally never played in Canberra so I’m excited. I’ve heard it’s a great oval to play on.

“I always prefer to play on a bigger oval, that’s why I like playing at Optus Stadium and some of those bigger grounds. I think that will be a good game to watch.”

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