HARRY Petty has played just 16 games of footy at the top level, but he’s already contributing in a big way.

The 21-year-old has slotted seamlessly into Melbourne’s line-up this year, but he credits two of his teammates for his success to date.

“I’m just trying to play my role for the team, playing down back with Mayzy (Steven May) and Rick (Jake Lever),” he told Melbourne Media.

“I’m absolutely loving it down there at the moment.

“It always helps when you’ve got Mayzy behind you telling you where to go, what to do.

“And Rick’s voice out there is just unbelievable.”

Petty has now played four consecutive games at the top level, but he won’t be taking his position in the side for granted.

After missing the entire 2020 campaign with an on-going groin injury, Petty found himself fighting for his spot in the early part of the season.

“I was just trying to play good footy in the VFL,” he said.

“I got one game early against Hawthorn, but I was just happy to see the team going well.”

But when Adam Tomlinson went down with an ACL injury, his opportunity arose.

Now, Petty is cemented in Melbourne’s best 22, and he played a major role in restricting the Western Bulldogs to just 59 points in Friday night’s clash at Marvel Stadium.

“They’re the best side in the comp for going one end to the other, so that was a big focus: trying to slow them down and force them wide,” he said.

“I thought we did that very well and obviously it’s shown out there.”

Watch below as Petty reviews the Dees’ 28-point victory.

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RD 11 | Post-match | Harry Petty

We spoke with Harry Petty after Melbourne's win over the Western Bulldogs

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