Sam Reid has been picked to play in this week’s Sydney Derby against the Swans at Spotless Stadium, in what will be his first senior game since round 23, 2013, and his first appearance in his third stint on an AFL list.
The 26-year-old played 10 games with the Western Bulldogs from 2008-2011 and 14 for the Giants in their first two seasons in the competition, before persistent shoulder injuries forced him into early retirement.
He then took up a development role at GWS and captained their NEAFL side, where he planned to build his credentials and move into coaching, but his footy ability ruined that career path.
Without the pressure of the AFL, Reid kicked 54 goals in his two years out of the league and was plucked from obscurity by coach Leon Cameron via the 2016 rookie draft.
Reid has starred in the NEAFL again this season; he’s eighth in the league’s MVP voting after booting 24 goals from eight games, which has him equal second on the goalkicking table, and has averaged almost 20 possessions and five tackles per match.