George Grey’s debut season as a Casey Demon is certainly going well.
From applying his trade in a successful junior’s side to NAB League and school footy, the young mid-forward has now become a regular contributor for Casey.
For Grey, his love of the game started like most other kids, playing with his mates at school.
“Just as a kid playing at school during recess and lunch, I absolutely loved it,” Grey said.
“My cousin is Michael Jamieson, who played at Carlton. He was a real inspiration for me and I was always looking up to him growing up and that’s where my love for the game began.
“I played my juniors at the Beaumaris Junior Football Club. We had a really good side where we won six consecutive premierships, and I also played school football at St Bede’s, where we had a three-peat of titles plus a senior premiership.
“From there I went to the Sandringham Dragons in the NAB League.
“Unfortunately during my top age year, I suffered a few injuries which kept me off the park, however, that’s just footy I guess.”
Grey’s aspirations to play in the AFL are still strong, although he is very happy playing at Casey.
“My aspiration is to play at the highest level possible, and that’s the main goal,” Grey said.
“I am really loving the opportunities here at the Casey Demons and enjoying my football.
“As long as I keep working hard, hopefully, I can make it to AFL level, but if it doesn’t work out, I’m very happy here at Casey.”
Grey is averaging just under 13 disposals a game, along with four tackles and a goal, and he certainly attributes his form and consistent selection to those around him.
“Taylor Whitford has helped me so much with game revision and getting better at the little things and understanding my roles,” Grey said.
“And I’d also say Zac Foot, with him coming across from Sydney Swans and seeing all the extras he does, being really diligent and seeing how he works, I’ve taken those things on board.
“Obviously H (Mark Corrigan) has been fantastic with the way he explains and talks which is really clear, and he’s great at getting the message across.”
Grey is certainly focused on the team and how they are travelling so far this season and feels that he and his teammates can go all the way.
“I think it’s been a really good start, something that has separated us from other AFL/VFL club alignments is our connection with the Melbourne boys,” he said.
“They have been awesome towards us, not showing any arrogance and happy to have us around.
“It was a tough loss to the Giants the weekend before, which isn’t ideal, but we were able to turn it around against Werribee.
“My thoughts on our chances are that we can go all the way and win the premiership, no doubt.
“I don’t like being in a team that is not aiming to win a premiership at the end of the year, so it’s something that I feel the team can achieve - the possibilities are endless.”