Stewart Crameri says he would be ‘happy’ to return to Essendon, despite supplements saga
October 12, 2017 9:35am
Source: FOX SPORTS
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STEWART Crameri says he’d be willing to continue his career at any club, even Essendon.
The Western Bulldogs forward has endured a torrid two years, with Crameri missing the 2016 season and flag because of his Court of Arbitration for Sport doping suspension, and most of 2017 through injury.
Uncontracted beyond this year, Crameri must sit patiently as his future is determined by the movement of Jake Stringer, and whether or not he’ll be let go by the Bulldogs to become a delisted free agent.
Crameri, 29, told AFL Trade Radio that he was open to moving interstate or even back to the club he left at the end of 2013.
“If Essendon were keen to get me back I’d be happy to walk in the door and see all the old boys again,” Crameri said.
Crameri said he’d had some “tough conversations” about his future with Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge at his exit meeting last month.
“It was a hard year not playing and not playing the year before so we couldn’t discuss football really,” Crameri said.
“It was more about next year and where I want to go. He said it would be a hard slog through the trade period and we’d have to wait and see what happens.”
Crameri was optimistic he could remain at Whitten Oval, particularly if Jake Stinger departs, as expected.
The Bulldogs struggled to find a key pillar up forward this season, with Travis Cloke and Tom Boyd missing games because of mental health issues and injuries.
And Crameri has a proven body of work, kicking 30 or more goals from 2011-2015.
“I assume it will help me somewhat (if Stringer leaves),” Crameri said.
“Hopefully I can stay, but if not I’d be happy to pursue my career at another club.”
Sitting on 99 games, Crameri said he felt mentally and physically refreshed and could be a “surprise packet” in 2018.
He started training in earnest last month, after undergoing “a couple of operations” this year.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to fit in most teams with my running ability, speed and goal kicking sense,” Crameri said.
“If anyone took a chance on me I’d be a surprise packet.
“I started later in my career. I think I’ve got at least three, four, five years left to go.
“It would be disappointing not to get a chance next year.”