NORWOOD youngster Cole Gerloff says he has relished the chance given to him by senior Coach Jarrod Cotton after an impressive first month of league football.
The 19-year old debuted against Adelaide in Round 5 and hasn’t looked back since having played an integral role up forward for the Redlegs so far this SANFL Season.
Gerloff kicked a goal on his debut and was nominated as one of the Round 7 Powerade breakthrough players after an impressive showing against the Eagles in Round 7.
The youngster kicked three goals whilst handing off two others. He laid 9 tackles and collected 15 possessions in the Redlegs’ 57-point win.
Gerloff who crossed to Norwood from the Eastern Rangers in the Eyre Peninsula, says he has adjusted well to the pace of League Football and has highlighted the skill factor a major difference since making his debut against the Crows.
“The pace of the game is a lot quicker,” Gerloff said.
“It’s not so much the players are quicker, but it’s more the pace of the ball movement because the skill level is far greater than school or amateur football.
“I’ve played a bit of senior football at home and obviously the standard is a lot different, however playing against bigger bodies and playing against men has really helped my transition into playing league football.
“From the Crows game when I debuted I found it hard at the start, but now I am starting to gain some continuity in my football and in the past few weeks have been able to have an impact on games and adjust well to the way we play under Cotts’ (Jarrod Cotton).”
Gerloff went onto mention that the side is tracking well after morale boosting wins against their traditional rivals the Eagles and Centrals, however knows that the side will need to be at their very best to overcome a strong West Adelaide outfit.
“At the moment the focus is really a week by week scenario,” said Gerloff.
“All the boys are starting to bond really well at the moment with everyone buying into the mantle of playing unselfish football.
“To be honest it’s probably one of the best teams I’ve played in, in terms of the friendships and bonds everyone has.
“We hope to continue playing well going forward and hopefully we can get another win on the board against the Bloods in two weeks’ time.”