Ash Gray didn’t have long to settle into life in Victoria before stepping on the field for Rockbank.
One of the Rams’ key recruits for the Riddell District Football League season, Gray basically stepped off a plane and onto the field.
“I landed at 7.30am and then came straight out to Rockbank and straight into a game,” he said.
“It was a good hit-out. I did feel it a little bit in the second half though.”
Gray has made the move from Western Australia to try his luck in Victoria.
The vice-captain and reigning best and fairest winner at Chapman Valley, said he decided it was a time for a new challenge.
An approach from Rams coach Lachie Waterman was all it took to get him thinking about a change of scenery.
Waterman coached against Gray back in Western Australia.
“I just thought it was a good opportunity for me and my partner to get out of WA and see what else is out there,” Gray said.
“Lachie got in touch with me on Facebook and I sat there and thought about it for a month.
“The more I spoke to people, the more I thought about giving it a crack.”
In the short time he’s been in Rockbank
Gray said he’s enjoyed it and it reminds him of home.
Gray will have a familiar face on the field, with former teammate Shane Bonney also joining the Rams this season.
Gray, who has played midfield and forward, said he would like to play defence with Rams if given the chance.
And he is right at home taking on a leadership role at the club.
“I know what it takes. Before I left my old club we had been building the last four years and are looking at playing finals this year.
“I’ve got that experience coming from a bottom side and trying to work the way up the ladder.”
Waterman was full of praise for Gray.
“Ash was one of my favourite players in the GFL and we kept in touch via social media.
“He’s a country boy who loves his footy and it’s a great fit for our club.
“At 27-years-old Ash still has his best football ahead of him.”
The Rams start their season on Saturday against Melton Centrals.