Eddie Betts is under pressure from his old club, Carlton. Picture: Mark Brake/Getty Images Crow on Mum's cancer battle
Eddie Betts is under pressure from his old club, Carlton. Picture: Mark Brake/Getty Images Crow on Mum's cancer battle

Betts shifts the goalposts

ADELAIDE superstar Eddie Betts loves a goal but has revealed he no longer worries if he's does not feature on the scoreboard.

He has a bigger vision than that.

Betts, 31, is coming to terms with his own football mortality - his career won't last forever - and he now realises that he can contribute to the team in ways other than to rack up goals that add to his personal recognition.

 

Having played in a grand final has changed him; he says he is now acutely aware of a bigger picture than chasing individual glory.

"I thought about that (not kicking as many goals)," Betts said. "I actually had a great think about that.

"Early on in my career it was all about goals and that's all I though about, was goals and possessions.

"Now, as you get older, it's more.

"It's about that last day; you want to play in a grand final again.

"So no matter how we get there, no matter how I play ... as long as I play my role and I'm doing the best of my abilities to play my role, I'm happy, the team happy and the coach is happy.

"This year, more so, I'm not really worrying about goals."

 

But for all of that, Betts - who kicked two goals against his old club Carlton last weekend - was confident that the goals would come again.

He has kicked just five goals from five matches this season after bagging 55 last season and 75 the year before that.

"The goals will come," Betts told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa on Thursday morning. "They will come.

"All I'm focusing on doing (is) the pressure, playing my role, keeping the ball in the forward half and setting up goals."



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