Collingwood coach Craig McRae put up a photograph of Brodie Grundy in a workforce assembly earlier than the Magpies’ first encounter with their former star ruckman.
Grundy had the final snort on the MCG on Monday as Melbourne edged Collingwood in a tense King’s Birthday match.
The 29-year-old was compelled to discover a new residence throughout final yr’s commerce interval because of Collingwood being decided to half together with his hefty wage with 5 years to go on a contract.
Grundy was determined to complete his profession as a Magpies legend however ultimately felt undesirable and moved to the Demons.
Sections of the Magpies crowd booed Grundy when he obtained the ball, however the Demons trustworthy tried to drown that out by cheering for the twin All-Australian.
“I stated earlier than the sport to the boys – put a photograph of him up – we actually all take care of Brodie,” McRae stated.
“Many within the room have shut relationships with him.
“He had an ideal contribution to the Collingwood soccer membership.
“You make powerful selections, checklist management-wise with what you assume is greatest for the long run.
“We do not need something mistaken by Brodie.
“We would like him to play properly and carry out, simply not towards us.”
Grundy booted an important aim late within the third quarter to assist the Demons draw back from Collingwood in a low-scoring wrestle.
Demons coach Simon Goodwin paid tribute to Grundy for the way he dealt with the event of dealing with his outdated membership.
“I believed Brodes was terrific,” Goodwin stated.
“We actually worth what he brings to our workforce.
“He follows up at floor degree, he wins contests, he works laborious and really appears to be like fairly threatening at instances ahead.
“He is nonetheless persevering with to enhance and discover out what his greatest system appears to be like like for him, however the mixture (with Demons captain Max Gawn) is what we’re most centered on.”
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