GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Charlie Constable of the Cats celebrates kicking a goal during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Melbourne Demons at GMHBA Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

New Gold Coast Sun Charlie Constable believes the Geelong coaching staff didn't see a place for him in the side, forcing him to look elsewhere for opportunities.

Constable departed the Cats after just 12 games with the big-bodied midfielder struggling to break into a very deep Geelong midfield.

The departure of Hugh greenwood from the Suns opened up a spot that Constable believes he can fill at Gold coast.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Charlie Constable of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 01 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Constable also said that his dealings with Stuart Dew in the lead up to the draft has him excited for what is to come in the future for the Suns.

“I’ve met with him (Dew) over zoom and had a few phone calls with him and he seems really excited to have me up there,” he told SEN's Dwayne's World.

“From my dealings so far, he’s been a ripping bloke to me and it’s pretty clear that if I train well and play well there could be opportunities for me.

“I think the departure (of Greenwood) definitely helped me and hopefully it also leaves a little hole that I’ll perhaps be able to fill.

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Hugh Greenwood of the Suns kicks the ball during the round 3 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on June 21, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

“But in saying that, I think the Suns still have a really strong midfield, so I’ve got to train and play well and force my way into the footy side.”

The 22-year-old was selected with pick 63 in the National Draft by the Suns after the Cats delisted Constable to allow him to search for greater opportunities.

Constable said that while he loved his time at the Cats he didn't believe he had the backing of the coaches to lock down a spot in the midfield.

“I absolutely loved my time at Geelong, it’s an unbelievable football club and everyone there are great people, but obviously I found it a bit hard to break in and keep my spot, I think they’ve got a pretty strong midfield down there,” he said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Charlie Constable of the Cats (right) celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 01 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

“But I think I developed as a player and as a person, so I’m very thankful for that.

“But obviously at times it’s a little bit frustrating, I couldn’t get on the park as much as I would have liked, but that’s sometimes the way it goes.

“‘Scotty’ (Chris Scott) was really good to me, nice and open, I think probably the thing that hurt me a lot was probably the other players they had playing in there, the coaching staff probably didn’t think I could fit into that system every week.

“And when that’s the feedback, it’s a little bit hard to know what to work on and how to break in.

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“But yet again, it was a pretty tough midfield to push people out of.”

Speaking after drafting Constable, Suns National Recruiting Manager Kall Burns said the club was keen to add the ball-winners attributes to a developing midfield group.

“We have continued to track Charlie’s progress since being drafted to Geelong in 2017,” Burns said.

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“He has shown his consistency at VFL level and with limited opportunity at AFL level in a strong midfield group at Geelong, he has demonstrated his ability to play at the top level when given the chance.

“Charlie is a strong ball-winner with great physicality and at 191cm he will complement our existing mix of midfielders well.

“Charlie has been in a successful system for a number of years so we’re really excited about what he can bring to the group and expect he will be able to hit the ground running.”

 

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