Scoring his first win in SUNS colours on the weekend, new recruit Hugh Greenwood is settling in well to his new club.
Greenwood was one of the best SUNS afield in the Marsh Community Series victory over Geelong, accumulating 25 disposals and nine tackles in his maiden outing in the red and gold.
Speaking to SUNS Media post-match, the 27-year-old said the side’s method on the day was what impressed him most.
“You can tell just the vibe in the rooms, obviously it’s a pre-season game but we took so many positives out of this game,” Greenwood told SUNS Media.
“We’ll take a win but it was the way that we won which is why the boys are so excited.”
The catalyst for the victory according to Greenwood was the team’s relentless forward pressure.
“I thought for four quarters we played our brand of footy, and that’s pressure - that’s turning it over in our forward half,” Greenwood said.
“We were able to turn it over in our forward half and build pressure and the backs were getting dirty ball and it was coming straight back in our end.
“Our game is underpinned by our pressure and I thought we did that for four quarters.”
Greenwood wasn’t the only new recruit on the field.
He was surrounded by the likes of Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, Connor Budarick and Jeremy Sharp who are all first-year players at the club.
Greenwood said it was great exposure for those players to get a taste of what’s required at the highest level.
“I think that’s the other positive too, three quarters of the guys have played together but a large group haven’t played footy together and a lot of guys haven’t played senior footy,” Greenwood said.
“Against an experienced outfit like that it should only give the boys confidence.
“It is obviously a pre-season game but the effort was there which was what we can do regardless of what type of game it is.”
The players will have next weekend off before the second Marsh Community Series match against Adelaide on March 6 which will be another opportunity to fine-tune ahead of Round 1.
“If we can convert 20 points and kick another 10 more goals that’s party time,” Greenwood said.
“We’ll continue to build, our pressure was fantastic but obviously there’s always room for improvement.
“We’ll tidy up a couple of things but I think our effort was massive and if we can continue to do that, we’ll be competitive.”