Norwood FC young gun, Chris Olsson said he has adjusted ‘really well’ to the rigorous demands of playing SANFL League footy.
Olsson made his League debut in Round 13 against North Adelaide looking right at home gathering 13 disposals and kicking a goal.
The 19-year-old wingman/half-forward, has relished the opportunity of playing within the League side, mentioning how he has enjoyed the challenge of working hard to be a regular starter for the Redlegs.
“I am loving every minute of it so far,” said Olsson.
“I’ve been wanting to play at the highest level for a long time now and to get my opportunity against North a couple of weeks back has been a dream come true.
“Obviously, it’s a real step up from playing reserves to league, but I am slowly building and am thankful that Cotts (Jarrod Cotton) and the coaching staff have given me a chance to prove my worth.
“Hopefully I can continue this form and be a regular starter for the rest of the year ahead.”
Olsson, who has so far been a key point of difference within the Redlegs line-up, acknowledged the support gained from the coaching staff and his fellow team mates, helping make life easier since transitioning into the senior side.
“The transition from reserves to league has been fantastic so far and I have loved how the coaches and players have supported me to get to where I am,” said Olsson.
“Since only just breaking into the senior side, the players and coaches have provided me with a lot of help and tips to better my game.
“Even during matches, everyone on the field is always talking to you and telling you how and where to set up.
“It’s not just the leaders that help me, it’s every single player out there so I’m really grateful with the teams assistance whether it’s training or match day.”
When asked about goals for the year on both a personal and team level, Olsson mentioned that he would like to be a regular starter in the league team to improve on his game, while on a team level Olsson wants to play his part in delivering the ultimate success of a Premiership.
“For the rest of the year I just want to keep playing at the highest level and be a team member that is relied upon at all times,” Olsson continued.
“I think as a team I want to help in achieving our goals at the end of the year with that being a Premiership.
“I think if we continue to keep playing strong contested football we are definitely a chance of claiming success in 2017.”
NFC Media Writer