Bulldogs second-rower Adam Elliott has cemented his spot in the starting line-up this week and is ecstatic to achieve his lifelong dream of playing consistent first grade football.
Elliott comes into the starting forward pack replacing David Klemmer, who sustained an ankle injury in the Bulldogs 22-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights.
“I wanted to make sure that I was valuable to the side coming off the bench this year and I’m happy to be playing first grade every week. It’s been my dream my whole life, so hopefully I can just keep getting better each week. I just want to keep improving.” Elliott explained.
Elliott’s 2016 season was interrupted due to injury, but despite the set- back he worked extremely hard over the pre-season to create the opportunity to play regular first grade.
After missing out on playing in the Indigenous All Stars game earlier in the year, Elliott admits playing for the Indigenous All-Star’s remains a career goal and he will continue to work hard to make the team again next year.
“That would’ve been a great week to be a part of, but it’s still a goal of mine. As soon as I got injured I sat back and said that’s part of the game. The game is on each year so hopefully I can make that side next year. It’s still only round seven and I just want to make sure I can nail down a role in this Bulldogs team each week and run out for this club that I love” he said.
Elliott will line-up alongside Josh Jackson in the backrow for the Bulldogs in the much-anticipated Good Friday blockbuster against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, kicking off at 4pm.
A crowd of nearly 40,000 fans turned out to see the clash between the two clubs in 2016 and there's sure to be fireworks for the monster game in 2017.