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Brandon Matera finds his drive

Michael Whiting   July 22, 2016 10:29 AM

The last four games have been really good, probably on the back of us forward line playing together as a group, the continuity of getting to know each other.

Brandon Matera is a talented and exciting small forward with enough skill to be one of the best in his position in the competition.

But the 24-year-old admits he hasn’t quite reached his full potential and has again endured a frustrating season.

The South Fremantle product was dropped to the NEAFL earlier this year, a clear message from coach Rodney Eade that he wasn't doing enough.

"Defensive pressure and my kicking efficiency was down – they were my two big messages," Matera told AFL.com.au.

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"I learnt my lesson and went back and worked on it as much as I could.

But in the past month, the pendulum has swung back towards the productive, sparkplug version of the knockabout West Australian.

With tall timber Tom Lynch and Peter Wright providing aerial targets, Matera has profited at their feet, averaging 15 disposals and kicking eight goals over the past four matches.

"The last four games have been really good, probably on the back of us forward line playing together as a group, the continuity of getting to know each other.

"The big guys have been pretty good, made our job a lot easier."

While the midfield has been smashed by injuries, Matera says continuity with forwards, including first-year SUNS Ryan Davis and Callum Ah Chee, has helped him learn leading patterns and where to stand at stoppages.

Eade is pleased with Matera's progression, and with a year remaining on his contract, the small forward says he expects a big six weeks to finish the season and a bumper 2017.

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"We've got the right personnel here," he said.

"Rocket's come in with a good game-plan.

"I'm really excited.

"It's come to a point where we're sick of losing. We want to go up the ladder.

"We've got all the stuff in place, it's a matter of getting everyone on the track and playing together and getting that continuity.

"We need to use this six weeks as a stepping stone."