WHEN joining a new club, making a good first impression is pretty important.
It’s fair to say that Ed Langdon has done just that in season 2020.
The former Docker, who joined Melbourne during 2019’s Trade Period, assimilated into the Demons line-up this year, averaging 20.1 disposals a game.
Langdon played all 17 matches and was a consistent contributor for the Dees – an effort that earned him an Ivor Warne-Smith Memorial Trophy as fourth place in the Best and Fairest.
“I thought I had a pretty consistent year – there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Langdon told Melbourne Media.
“I’m sure when I play a few more games with everyone, there will be some more continuity with my teammates.
"No doubt I've got a lot of areas still to improve on, but I was really happy with my first season at the Dees."
After being recruited to play on the wing, Langdon made the position his own in 2020.
With his elite work rate and endurance, the 24-year-old provided plenty of run and embraced whatever was of asked of him, becoming a reliable option around the ground.
And working with a developing midfield group was a big benefit.
“We’ve got some unbelievable inside midfielders, so it’s certainly great playing outside them,” Langdon said.
“They give me a lot of first use of the ball, which is great, and I love seeing them playing their role and I’m there to play mine.”
Originally from Melbourne, returning home was a prominent factor in Langdon’s decision to join the Demons.
While he was able to play just a handful of games in Victoria this year, the prospect of running out onto the MCG in front of the Melbourne faithful is one that still excites him.
“I was pretty keen to have a season playing at the ‘G (MCG) and playing in Melbourne, but it hasn’t quite panned out that way,” Langdon said.
“That was a big reason for me wanting to come to the Dees – the ability to play at the ‘G in front of big crowds, so I’m certainly looking forward to that when that’s back up and running.
“This year has certainly had its challenges, but one positive is that it’s probably fast-tracked a few relationships.
“I certainly have a better connection with a lot of the guys after being up in the hub, and I’m looking forward to what next season brings.”