Midfielder Jack Redden of the Brisbane Lions has recovered from his first serious AFL injury and is anxious for the 2015 season to get underway. The 24-year-old debuted in 2009 and proceeded to appear in 112 straight contests before suffering an ankle injury halfway through the 2014 campaign. During his time off Redden concentrated on doing whatever he could to improve as a football player. The South Australian watched games from the stands as a way to get a different perspective of things and also went behind the goals for a different view. Along with studying matches, Redden also discussed various aspects of the games with Brisbane’s coaching staff to learn as much as possible. Fans can check out the BetEasy AFL Odds to see how the Lions’ chances look this year.
The ankle injury is now behind him and Redden’s enjoyed a fine preseason. He’s now looking forward to getting back on the ground and implementing some of the things he’s learned. He said,
“Coach Justin Leppitsch came in last year with a new game plan, and … watching from the top you can watch it all unfold and you can see the team defence and how important it is. That’s one part of my game I need to improve and we’ve identified that. It was good for me because I could sit above and watch how it all unfolds and how it works and I can play instinctive footy when I know that.”
There’s no question that Redden was missed last year when he was sidelined with the injury as he’s usually among the league’s five top tacklers. His tackling rate is 6.3 per game so far in his career and handles the ball 21.5 times each contest. The Lions’ midfield is quite deep as it also contains skipper Tom Rockliff, Daniel Rich, Dayne Beams, and Pearce Hanley, who’s currently out of action with an injury. But Redden feels he can still become a better player and he’s been doing some extra work with assistant coach Danny Daly. He hopes to have more of the ball this year as he believes he’ll be able to have more of an impact on the games if he does. Footy fans can visit the BetEasy AFL Odds site to check out the wagering markets on the upcoming campaign.