Class on and off the field, Roughead makes case for AFL return

Jarryd Roughead takes one of his seven marks for Box Hill against Footscray. Credit:AAP

Roughead kicked five goals, one behind, took seven marks and made three tackles in an impressive outing.

In a post-match interview with Channel Seven, he deflected attention away from his individual effort and statistics, instead expressing disappointment that his side was not able to win the match after staging a spirited third-quarter comeback.

“It would have been nice to get the win,” he said. “I haven’t played with any of these boys really, so I have to fit into their system, rather than them fitting in with me, so the fact I was able to was a positive.

“They won the premiership last year so it is not as if they are an inexperienced side that doesn’t know how to win. There are a lot of teenagers with a lot of them born in the 1990s and even 2000s.”

Roughead did manage to give himself some credit, even if it was light-hearted, joking; “No one else has kicked five goals at the MCG this weekend.”


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