FREELING Football Club youngster Conner Reid is a rising star in the Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Association, and has become a regular in the Redlegs’ A-grade side.
The senior colts captain has been fast-tracking his development since midway through the 2016 season, playing in the under 17s competition in the morning before lining up in the ones later in the day.
However, despite the workload, Reid said he finds the education he receives from the senior players to be positive.
“I find it real good to be collaborating with the senior blokes and then interpreting it in my game in the under 17s,” he said.
“It does get a bit tiring after a while, but if the team wants me then I’ll play.
“I enjoy playing for both teams.”
Reid has noticed a number of differences between the senior colts and A-grade competitions.
“There’s a big difference in the warm-ups; (in A grade) everyone’s switched on, we all do the same thing and get real motivated about the game,” he said.
“The 17s boys, we pretty much do our individual thing.
“Game-wise, it’s a lot more structured.
“Scotty (Dutschke) bringing his drills from Central District and bringing it into our game is good.
“There’s a lot more expertise going into the A grade, and it’s a lot more technical.”
Reid has to adapt to a different role in the seniors however, going from the main man up forward in the under 17s to a small forward in the ones.
“I’m the main target down there in the 17s, trying to lead out and get the pill, but in the As I’m trying to change that role into a small forward and get around Joel Vaneveld and Adam Cockshell; it does make a big difference,” he said.
“Playing that small forward role is pretty different.”
Similarly, Reid said there are a number of guys at the club who have been an influence on him as a player.
“Obviously, Scott (Dutschke), he’s a really good coach, not to just me, but a lot of the under 17s boys who are stepping up and some of the A grade,” he said.
“‘Cocky’ (Adam Cockshell), every quarter he loves to have a bit of a talk, he really gets us all going.
“The guy that’s been the big part of my A-grade footy has been Beau Jarman – he brought me up under his wing and gave me the motivation to play A grade.”