Gone are the days when playing more than a decade of professional sport earned you the respect of your juniors.
At least that's the case with AFL veteran Sam Reid and his ‘new’ Greater Western Sydney teammate Connor Idun.
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Reid, a 31-year-old journeyman with 90 AFL games to his name after first being drafted in 2007, was delisted by GWS at the end of the 2020 season.
However, the Giants picked him up in this week's rookie draft to extend his stay with the club that he joined from the Western Bulldogs in 2011.
Idun decided to have fun with the veteran's "rookie" status and took it upon himself to welcome his teammate to the club.
“Hey mate, Connor Idun here from the Giants. Just want to welcome you to the club, you’ll learn the ropes pretty quickly,” Idun texted Reid, with GWS sharing the exchange on the club's Twitter account.
“Any questions just ask. See you soon bud. King Seek.”
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) December 10, 2020
Reid finds funny side of welcome message
Never mind that Idun has played less than a handful of senior games himself.
Reid found the funny side in the text and shot a somewhat sarcastic reply back to the 20-year-old upstart.
“Thanks for the message mate. Can’t wait to get into training after Christmas and earn the respect of the group!!”
The AFL journeyman also commented about the welcome message on his personal social media accounts, calling Idun a "cheeky young fella" and expressing his delight at being able to extend his career with the Giants.
“Thanks for the message Connor Idun," Reid wrote on Instagram.
“So stoked to be part of the GWS Giants team again.”
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