Robbie Gray celebrates a goal during Round 22 against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett
Robbie Gray celebrates a goal during Round 22 against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

Gray still craving September action

Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray says it will be a rare occurrence this weekend when he and his teammates cheer on cross-town rival Adelaide to keep the Power's slim finals chances alive.

Gray said Port would no doubt be keeping a close eye on the result of the Crows and Western Bulldogs clash earlier on Sunday.

"I won't be able to watch the game, it will be one of the rare ones we'll be hoping the Crows can get up and we'll get our job done,'' Gray said on SEN SA Breakfast.

"Word will probably filter around I'd imagine, I think we'll know the equation. If we're not told I'll probably ask,'' he said.

 

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Robbie Gray handballs under pressure from Roos star Shaun Higgins. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Robbie Gray handballs under pressure from Roos star Shaun Higgins. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Gray said it wouldn't be easy to sit through another September if Port Adelaide miss finals action again.

"You set to yourself to play finals,'' Gray said.

"This year was no different. Obviously we had a pretty big changeover. We bought some younger guys in, when we're shown what we're capable of, to not be involved in September would be disappointing.

"It's a bright future for the club, I still dream of playing in a premiership one day that's what I'm playing for.

"I'm jealous every September we're not playing, this year would be no different, it might have a little bit extra given some of the footy we've played this year.

Gray also confirmed he was one of the Port players asked to roll over his salary in 2019 but said stressed it wasn't unusual in AFL.

"I was one of them, I don't think it's uncommon,'' Gray said.

"It's not like you're not getting paid, I was fine with it.

"All I can say I there was a little move in the money, there's not much to it,'' he said.

 

 

 

 

And he said was hoping Karl Amon would remain in Adelaide despite again being linked to a return to Victoria with no current contract on the table.

"I haven't had any direct conversations about that,'' Gray said.

"I know Karl seems to be pretty settled here, he's played some tremendous footy this year, really cemented his spot, hopefully we can get that sown up soon.

"He provided something we need in our team. He's really starting to come in to his own,'' he said.

 

 

 

The battle for eighth spot
The battle for eighth spot

 

 

Gray said they were unsure how to prepare for Fremantle after they sacked coach Ross Lyon became the fourth AFL senior coach earlier in the week.

North Melbourne, St Kilda and Carlton's all won their first games under caretaker coaches.

"We've seen this year there has been some interesting results with coaches who have been let go,'' Gray added.

"They'll throw some things around, do things a little bit differently.

"When coaches are let go there is a bit of a response,'' he said.

News Corp Australia


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