Stewart Crameri says he is ready to play AFL.
Stewart Crameri says he is ready to play AFL.

Crameri puts hand up for AFL return

STEWART Crameri has declared himself ready to go at AFL level after another strong performance for the Geelong VFL team on Saturday.

Crameri, who has played two matches of AFL football since the 2015 elimination final, was one of the Cats' best players in a tough first half, collecting 13 disposals and three clearances in a tight contest.

The 29-year-old said senior coach Chris Scott had alluded to the fact he was 'close' to earning a call up and added he felt he had proved he was right to add to his 99-game tally during the opening three games of the VFL season.

"It's a fine line and you're never going to be perfectly ready but I think I've done a fair bit of work over the pre-season and these games to prove that I can play a full AFL game now," Crameri said.

"I've had a couple of consistent games now where I've got through with no complaints with the hips, and that's what I think they wanted.

"I'll put my hand up every week now and hopefully I can get a game. Scotty has said I'm close and he'll be watching out to see how I play, so we'll wait and see this week."

Crameri moved forward after half time and while he had less of the ball he led the turnaround in attack and created a fresh dynamic that was missing in the opening two quarters.

He finished with two goals and set up several more, and conceded that while it was enjoyable to find more of the ball as a midfielder his role at AFL level would more likely be in attack.

"I'm probably going to be more a high half-forward but they've seen that part of me and if they were to ask I'm sure I'd be able to do that in the AFL as well I reckon, just getting up and down the ground and competing hard," he said.

"I think you've got to be versatile these days so it was good to change it up and go forward and try to create some scoring shots and help the team get some goals.

"I was lucky enough to get two myself and it's always fun going forward, but I love the midfield as well when I start games there, it's good to get touch."



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