“I’m just excited that we’ve got some reward for the effort we’ve been putting in. Close last week, but I think the way the group dealt with it during the week after a near miss against Gold Coast … we were obviously flat but we went back to work, looked at the vision, looked at what we needed to work on, got to work during the week. I think that showed today.
“Even at [this] stage of my career, I’m working on and invested in my game probably more than I ever have.
«I love seeing the young guys develop. When they can do it on the big stage it’s almost like a proud big brother when some of the guys put on the performances they have.”
The defender, one of the AFL’s oldest players, meanwhile said that he hadn’t missed a training session this year, with his body showing no major signs of slowing down.
“The body is feeling really good,» he said.
«The form probably hasn’t been where I’d like it to but as I said I’m invested in my game more than ever so if you keeping work hard, the kicks and handballs will come. The GPS numbers are good.
«Working closely with [Blues fitness boss] Andrew Russell to try and get the most out of my body, so I feel pretty good and hopefully we can kickstart something from this win.»
“If you put the work in during the week you recover better after the big game.”