Cody Weightman hasn’t watched a replay of remaining 12 months’s grand ultimate and says there’s an “vacancy” he and his Western Bulldogs teammates wish to rectify in 2022.
The 20-year-old published he performed in the course of the ache of an ankle damage all season prior to having post-season surgical operation that can lengthen his full-time go back to pre-season coaching.
He has been biking with Bulldogs ahead Josh Bruce, who’s “flying” in his restoration from an ACL damage that can depart an open spot within the ahead line set to be taken on a extra everlasting foundation by means of No.1 draft select Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.
Weightman mentioned he used to be on a “equivalent adventure” to his ultra-talented teammate, having performed 16 video games and kicked 26 targets in 2021, his 2d season within the AFL.
Ugle-Hagan needed to wait till spherical 17 this 12 months for his AFL debut and performed most effective 5 video games prior to being unnoticed of the finals marketing campaign, and Weightman is adamant the younger megastar might be higher for that have.
“In my first 12 months I got here in and needed to paintings on a couple of issues and wasn‘t moderately the participant that I sought after to be but,” Weightman mentioned.
“After the draft whilst you do (get picked) a bit bit upper, you’re feeling such as you’re in a position and also you’ve been pumped up for see you later.
“It feels find it irresistible’s going to occur and when it doesn’t occur it’s without a doubt disappointing.
“I needed to be affected person and I did that higher in my 2d 12 months than my first 12 months, and when the chance got here, I used to be in a position. By the point my cross got here I used to be filled with self belief and may play my function.”
Weightman published he harm his ankle in a pre-season fit prior to the 2021 season however “discovered some way” to play with it and used to be by no means unsure to take his position within the grand ultimate.
He mentioned he used to be but to look at the sport once more, conceding the loss to Melbourne used to be a motivating drive for 2022.
“At some point it’ll be at the replays and I’ll watch it with the children, however I’ll depart it for now,” he mentioned.
“It seems like there’s somewhat of vacancy in remaining season and one thing that we’ve without a doubt left in the market and we’ve were given to move after now.
“It‘s bittersweet. My dream used to be all the time to start out taking part in AFL and I controlled to try this, which used to be lovely superior, however there without a doubt may’ve been an added bonus to that which didn’t occur.”
The Bulldogs are set to get an early likelihood at revenge with the 2 grand finalists set to satisfy in spherical 1 of the 2022 season.