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Everitt happy with fresh start

Adrian Warren 26/11/2010 02:42:05 PM Comments (0)

Sydney recruit Andrejs Everitt is eyeing a spot in the Swans backline, but ultimately hopes to play an Adam Goodes-type role for his new AFL club.

Everitt 21, landed at the Swans in October as part of a trade which sent forward Patrick Veszpremi in the opposite direction to the Western Bulldogs.

A versatile player with 36 senior games under his belt, including 12 in the 2010 season, Everitt is hoping to establish a regular top 22 position at Sydney.

"I'm hoping to lock down (a spot) in the backline to start off with, but as time goes on and years go by hopefully I can press myself into the midfield and play an Adam Goodes role hopefully one day," he said.

At 193cm, Everitt will add more height to a Sydney backline which includes linchpin Craig Bolton (189cm), Heath Grundy and Ted Richards both (192cm) and Lewis Roberts-Thomson (194cm).

Former West Coast defender Matt Spangher is another option, with Everitt also entertaining the idea of a move into a running halfback role.

While Everitt met with the Swans a couple of weeks before the trade period, he was on a footy trip in Hong Kong during the week itself.

Older brother Peter Everitt finished his three-club AFL career with the Swans and encouraged Andrejs to try his luck in the harbour city.

"He gave me some advice on the club and told me that they were a very good club and he said I would really enjoy it up here, which I have so far," Everitt said.

"It was probably a fresh start and the new coaching staff on board, they were probably the two main things.

"Also, the lifestyle up here is very similar to the lifestyle I like to live."

Everitt was also swayed by Sydney's excellent track record with players who had joined the club from interstate.

"Definitely, a lot. As you can see with Shane Mumford and Josh Kennedy coming second and third in the (Sydney 2010) best and fairest, they were first year players at the Swans," Everitt said.

"It was definitely a big reason. They (Sydney) know what players they want and they go after them."

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