West Adelaide midfielder Will Snelling says he’s returning to Richmond with a ”different way of looking at League footy” after spending the past three years with AFL club Port Adelaide.
Insisting he’s not a recruit but a happy homecomer, Snelling will begin his second stint with the Bloods with a much more mature outlook than the one applied while earning a 2015 premiership medallion.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the consistent ball magnet is now armed with the ability to play a variety of roles, including half-forward, as an attacking midfielder and also as a tagger.
Measuring in at 174cm and 80kg, the 21-year-old said his decision to part ways with the Power ended up being a mutual one despite winning the Magpies best-and-fairest award in 2018.
Averaging 24 disposals and eight tackles this year, Snelling said he received interest from rival AFL clubs before being overlooked in the AFL Draft and AFL Rookie Drafts last week.
He’s now focused on having a strong season with the Bloods under coach Gavin Colville and premiership captain Chris Schmidt, who has also returned to City Mazda Stadium.
Impressed with emerging teenager Riley Thilthorpe on the training track, Snelling is looking forward to lining up with the Bloods’ other chief recruits in Norwood defender Pat Levicki, Hawthorn utility Dallas Willsmore (pictured above with Snelling) and Werribee bigman Jade Cleeland.
Levicki, who was starved of League opportunity in 2018, looms as the ideal replacement for new Gold Coast Sun Chris Burgess in defence while Willsmore and Cleeland are seasoned VFL performers who can be used in a variety of roles.
Snelling said Schmidt’s presence back at the club was already noticeable as he looks to assist captain Tom Keough in providing a guiding hand to the rest of the playing group.
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