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Stretch, ANB rapt to remain teammates

Stretch & Neal-Bullen Media Conference Long time great friends Billy Stretch and Alex Neal-Bullen shared a Media Conference today to discuss the feeling of having a great mate arrive at a club at the same time and how they are settling in
Alex Neal-Bullen speaks to the media on Wednesday afternoon

SOUTH Australian Alex Neal-Bullen says he “couldn’t believe” he landed at Melbourne – and with great match Billy Stretch – when his name was called out at selection No.40 in last Thursday night’s NAB AFL Draft.

And Stretch said it was “pretty surreal” to have close mate Neal-Bullen join the club.

“It’s pretty special that Alex landed at the Dees at pick 40,” he said at the MCG on Wednesday.

“It’s just a great feeling … we’ll get the best out of each other and we’ll certainly challenge each other and we’re looking forward to the road ahead.”

The pair has known each other since under 10s when the duo competed in athletics in Adelaide.

Stretch said Neal-Bullen “had him covered” when they were younger.  

“He always used to pip me,” he said.

But Neal-Bullen added: “It’s evened out over the years now – it’s toe-for-toe now.”

“He’s more the sprint [runner] with the acceleration, whereas the endurance – that’s where I come in.”