However as one door closed, another door – or we should say border – opened, with the Eagles keen for Naish to travel on the first flight from Melbourne to Perth to play in the AAMI Community Series against Fremantle.
Naish boarded a 6am flight out of Melbourne, trained with the Eagles that evening, moved in with skipper Luke Shuey’s family, and played against the Dockers on the Sunday where he snagged a running goal to cement a spot on the Eagles’ rookie list via the Pre-season supplementary list as injuries to Tom Cole and Campbell Chesser saw them placed on the inactive list.
Naish had worn No.38 in the community series match before being awarded No.43 in a jumper presentation, only to run out in Connor West’s No.36 against the Gold Coast due to a few supply issues with jumpers in the west.
He ran up and down the wing to grab 18 touches and gain 526 meters, having trained with three clubs in three states and worn two new jumpers since the start of the year.
Unfortunately with injuries to Hunter Clark, Jack Billings and Zak Jones, he may have been handy at the Saints, but they did the right thing and gave Naish the opportunity elsewhere.
Snap Shot suspects such rapid elevations might become common in the near future as list sizes shrink and clubs look to vertically draw up or down on state league players.
Close watch on sleeves for Cat
Speaking of jumpers, Geelong’s Brad Close sprung a surprise when he ran out in a sleeveless jumper in round one after spending all his career to date in both the AFL and SANFL in a long-sleeve jumper.
He got into the long sleeves’ habit when playing in the Antarctic-like winds that whip through Mount Gambier, and continued the tradition with Glenelg and then Geelong, one of the long jumper wearers Snap Shot loves.
Given it was just 26 degrees at the MCG – you could argue the player’s comfort level was higher – we were surprised Close decided the temperature was hot enough to be guns-out time.
Maybe we should not have been, as Close wore a sleeveless guernsey in the team photo and he may be tempted to do it again this week against the Swans as he earned a coach’s vote for his more defensive role against Essendon on Saturday.
And also ….
Brad Johnson told Fox Footy on Saturday that Cats assistant Eddie Betts – who kicked 640 goals in his career – has joked that he will be charging on to the ground from his position on Geelong’s bench to pat Lance Franklin on the back if ‘Buddy’ kicks four goals on Friday night to bring up his 1000-goal milestone. Snap Shot would love to see that.
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