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The fact file: Riley Grundy

Riley Grundy - Pick 73 - PTV Highlights of Port Adelaide's Pick No. 73 in the 2018 Draft,

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 84 kg

DOB: 28-07-2000

Junior Club: Mitcham

Recruited from: Sturt (SANFL)

SANFL reserves games: 5

SANFL under 18 games: 6

There are a lot of similarities between Riley Grundy and his brother Brodie.

Both came to football as teenagers after initially playing basketball. Both are thoughtful, deep-thinkers. And both were on the radar of Port Adelaide recruiters before being drafted.

The older of the Grundy brothers trained with the Power for a week in 2011 and impressed the playing group with his size, athletic ability and strength.

At the time the Power had Jarred Redden and Matthew Lobbe as young ruckmen and so selected midfielder Ollie Wines with pick 7 in the 2012 AFL National Draft, while Grundy slipped to Collingwood with pick 18.

Port Adelaide was not about to make miss out on a second Grundy in 2018.

Riley Grundy only took up football at 15, giving up basketball after seeing Brodie’s success with the Magpies.

After initially being used as a ruckman, he has developed into a tall key defender with great speed and reach and a terrific leap.

His is an incredible rise, from not even playing the sport three years ago to being part of the South Australian side which won the Under 18 National Championships, and then being one of just 13 South Australians to be invited to the national draft combine.

There he showcased his mobility and speed, and recorded the highest score in the psychomotor test, which measures precision, coordination, control, dexterity and reaction time.

Grundy, a house captain at Cabra College in 2018, is known to be curious and inquisitive.

While he supported Collingwood after his brother became a Magpie, Grundy’s loyalties no doubt now lie with Port Adelaide after he was selected by the Power with pick 73 at the AFL National Draft in November.

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