16/04/2024

Brodie Grundy has landed at the Demons. (Photo: AFL.com.au/ Design: Will Cuckson)

Ruckman Brodie Grundy has officially joined Melbourne after departing Collingwood on Wednesday after spending 10 years at the Magpies.

Ruckman Brodie Grundy has officially joined Melbourne after departing Collingwood on Wednesday after spending 10 years at the Magpies.

The move comes after Grundy played 177 games in the black and white after being drafted to the club back in 2012 at pick 18.

Although Grundy spent most of 2022 on the sidelines, only featuring in six games this season after an injury in the ANZAC day clash against Essendon kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

With Collingwood experiencing most of the season without its star ruckman, they became open to the idea of trading the two-time All-Australian despite five years to run on his lucrative contract at the Magpies he signed back in 2020.

Filling the void

With the departure of Ruckman Luke Jackson to Fremantle, there is a void to be filled in the Demons’ side with Melbourne having played with two ruckmen in their team for the best part of the last two seasons.

Having Grundy will allow for Melbourne to continue with that structure while bringing in a two-time all-Australian at the same time.  

Melbourne AFL list manager Tim Lamb said that Grundy’s 177-game experience is a real asset to the club.

“We are ecstatic to have secured the services of Brodie, it’s not often you can bring such a talented player into the club,” Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“Brodie has had an outstanding career to date and is a proven finals performer. We have seen from afar what he is capable of.”

Adding Grundy to the likes of Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, and Jack Viney at stoppages when Gawn is either on the bench or is up forward will be a strong prospect for the Demons in 2023 and beyond.

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Combination with Max Gawn

Over the years, both Grundy and Max Gawn have had some great battles but now that they are on the same side, there have been many questions about how it will work for the Demons on field.

Both are extremely good in the ruck contests, with Gawn averaging 27.1 hit outs as well as 9.1 hit outs to advantage this season. While Grundy averaged 30.3 hit outs and 9.2 hit outs to advantage from his matches in 2022.

While the pair is strong in the ruck, they’re just as good around the ground as well. When at his best Grundy can act as that extra midfielder around the ground which many saw across 2018 and 2019.

Similar can be said for Gawn, with the Melbourne Skipper strong around the ground and is a marking option for the Demons out of defensive 50 as well as being able to help build the wall to keep the ball in Melbourne’s forward 50, taking marks just outside fifty to be able to send the ball in.  

So having both Grundy and Gawn will be a dangerous prospect for opposition teams, while one is in the ruck the other can be resting up forward. Gawn kicked 13 goals this season, while Grundy kicked 12 goals back in 2021.

It provides Melbourne with another strong marking option up forward or a player to make a contest and bring the ball to the ground to allow for Bayley Fritsch and Kysaiah Pickett to pick up the crumbs.

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