NORWOOD hard man Will Abbott says he is relishing the opportunity to play League Football with the Redlegs in 2018.
Abbott was selected by Senior Coach Jarrod Cotton to make his League debut in Round 5 against the Adelaide Crows.
The 25 year-old didn’t look out of place at all with his defensive pressure a real highlight amongst collecting 14 disposals, six tackles and a goal.
Abbott who crossed to Norwood from division two side Old Ignatians after winning the FA Bloch Medal, says he’s found the transition into League Football very smooth after featuring for the League side in the past two matches.
“To be honest it’s been a real learning curve in terms of getting used to things and knowing what’s expected of me,” said Abbott.
“I feel like I have settled in nicely, especially now having a couple of league games under my belt.
“Those two games have allowed me to get used to the pace of the game which is so much faster in contrast to amateur League Football.
“But overall, I’ve settled in really well and I’m looking forward to putting my hand up for selection against the Eagles in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Last Friday night Abbott fronted up against Port Adelaide and was given the task on nullifying the influence of AFL listed player Sam Powell-Pepper.
Abbott relished the opportunity to play on Powell-Pepper and said it was nice to be trusted with the task of shutting down the Magpies best midfielder.
“Heading into the match Cotts (Jarrod Cotton) gave me the task of playing on Sam Powell-Pepper last Friday night which was a bit daunting,” Abbott explained.
“However it’s nice to be thought of and given a task like that as it gives you something to focus on throughout the match.
“I felt like I played my role well, but as I said earlier it’s just a matter of getting used to the game style and level of intensity which SANFL Football is at.”
Abbott went onto mention that his side is tracking well after a morale boosting win against their traditional rivals Port Adelaide and expects the team to challenge the Eagles in a fortnight’s time.
“The boys are tracking really well despite being three and three on the ladder,” said Abbott.
“There have been a couple of games where we haven’t been able to capitalise on the scoreboard as much as we would have liked, in particular against Adelaide.
“But the real focus from Cotts is our effort and intent, and gradually building and bringing that effort every week.
“In saying this I felt like it all came together against Port Adelaide on the weekend, being able to convert our chances which we haven’t been able to do previously.
“Overall, we are definitely heading in the right direction and hopefully we can keep this form up.”