For Jed Lamb, the next best thing after playing footy at AFL level is having a kick with family and friends.
That’s what’s led the former Sydney, GWS and Carlton player to White Hills in the Heathcote District Football Netball League.
Lamb, 26, spent the previous two months training with Carlton in the hope the Blues would select him in the Rookie Draft and extend his AFL career to a ninth season.
The Blues decided to go down a different path, leaving Lamb with an AFL career of 66 matches – 44 of those with Carlton in the past three seasons.
With his AFL career over, Lamb had a plethora of options, but the lure of playing alongside his great mate and former Carlton team-mate Sam Kerridge won him over.
Kerridge, in the early days of his first coaching gig with White Hills, sold Lamb on the community feel at the Demons.
“I’m looking forward to getting out of the Melbourne bubble and enjoying my footy again,’’ Lamb said at his first training session with the Demons on Monday night.
“It’s been enjoyable at the top level for eight years, but now I’m looking forward to being like a kid again and just enjoying my footy.
“Not as much stress or pressure at this level which is something to look forward to.”
The other carrott for Lamb was the ability to play alongside his brother Zeke, who will also travel from Melbourne to pull on the red and black jumper.
“I don’t think I’ve played with my brother since 2009 when we were at Yarram,’’ Lamb said.
“I’ve dragged him along which will be a lot of fun.”
Zeke Lamb is no slouch either.
The 28-year-old rover has experience in the NEAFL with the Tuggeranong Hawks and his most recent club was Nilma-Darnum in the Ellinbank and District Football League.
The addition of two players straight out of the AFL system will bring extra expectations to the Demons on the field.
Lamb said he’s not concerned by the attention he and Kerridge will receive.
“I’m not worried, I just want to enjoy my footy and try to help the club get some wins and get back up the top of the ladder,’’ Lamb said.
On top of the recent additions of Jed and Zeke Lamb, the Demons have also added some firepower to its forward line with Pascale Craig signing for 2019.
Craig played 114 BFNL senior games across three clubs – South Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Sandhurst – and played in the Dragons’ 2016 premiership side.
The Demons hope Craig will be form a strong combination inside forward 50 with 2018 best and fairest winner Kris Bedford.
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