It was probably one of the worst-kept secrets of both AFL drafts this year, but former Brisbane Lion Jed Adcock became a member of the Western Bulldogs in the Rookie Draft on Friday morning, taken with the Dogs' last pick of the draft at pick 46. Adcock had been granted permission to train with the Dogs in the lead-up to the AFL draft and both him and the Dogs were adamant to get Adcock to the Kennel.
Having just turned 30 a couple of weeks ago, Adcock was told towards the end of the 2015 season that his contract at the Lions would not be renewed beyond the 2015 season, Adcock openly admitting that it felt like he'd been 'kicked in the guts' when coach Justin Leppitsch gave him the news.
Adcock believed that he still had a few seasons left in him and if his last game as a Lion was anything to go by, he will be still running around in 2019 and ironically, it was against the Western Bulldogs and showed more than enough in that game alone to suggest he still has three years left in him with a four-goal, 21 disposal performance as the Lions ended their horrific 2015 campaign with a shock win at the GABBA. A fresh start away from Brisbane could just be what he needs to reinvigorate his AFL career.
What Does He Bring To The Bulldogs?
Adcock will brings experience that a young side like the Bulldogs lack, having played 206 games at the Lions, he brings in versatility, showing he can play anywhere on the ground besides his preferred position as a half-back flanker and brings in some leadership which is always very handy for a young side like the Bulldogs.
Adcock was appointed as co-captain alongside Jonathan Brown at Brisbane in 2013 before being named sole captain a year later, and although he only led the side for the 2014 season, he's still highly rated as a mentor to the younger players.
But the most important thing he provides and will bring to the football club is more depth to the squad. It's more than likely that the younger players will get selected over him, but should they break down with injuries, the Dogs can look to Adcock as a more than suitable replacement.
Despite being on the rookie list, you can expect Adcock to get some game time in the red, white and blue in 2016, whether he starts round one and goes all the way through or comes in midway through the year to cover for someone is anyone's guess. Him and fellow recruit Matt Suckling would provide some welcome experience into this Bulldogs side and it would be good to see them both line-up for round one next year.