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Preuss makes immediate impact

Post-game | Braydon Preuss Braydon Preuss chats to Melbourne Media after his first game in the red and blue.

BRAYDON Preuss made his long-awaited debut in the red and blue on Thursday night and had an immediate impact on the field.

The 206cm giant slotted two opening quarter goals against the Swans at the SCG and thoroughly enjoyed his first outing for the Dees.

“It was good – I haven’t won too many AFL games yet, I think this was my second, but I loved it,” Preuss told Melbourne Media.

Preuss played eight matches for North Melbourne in 2017 prior to making the move to the Demons at the end of last season, but after missing selection in the opening three games, he was ready to play his role come Round 4.

And while Preuss nailed two classic goals, he joked post-game saying they both may have been a bit lucky.

“He (Aliir Aliir) dropped off me a bit so I thought I’d try it, and somehow it went through – it was good,” he said.

“(The second goal) came off the side of my boot so I was pretty surprised it went through, but it was a good start.”

 

Preuss also had an entertaining duel with Swans’ intercept defender Aliir throughout the night and seemed to embrace the challenge.

“It was good – I got a bit lippy at the end there. It was good fun,” he said.

Although Preuss made his name at the Kangas as a ruckman, he spent the majority of Thursday night’s clash in the forward 50 and looked dangerous when the ball was heading in his direction.

“Playing up forward is fun,” he said.

“We’ve got the best ruckman in the competition by a mile, so I don’t need to do much when I go in the ruck.

“He can take it all the whole day if he wants.

“The way the ball was coming in today it was good to play in the forward line.”

Preuss had 11 disposals to go with his two majors and will be a dangerous option inside 50 for the Dees over the coming weeks.