Robbie Gray on his Movember campaign:
“We are here today to launch The Fellow Barber Movember campaign.
“We are going to get a shave down. TJ (Tom Jonas) and the Hey Diddle Wine boys are on board as well.
“We will start with a clean shave and try to raise some money across the month of November in store here and we will set up an online MoSpace page, where people can go on and donate.
“It’s something that is pretty close to me, and a great cause, so I’m looking forward to getting involved.
Gray on his shaving history and his ability to grow a mo:
“It’s probably when I was 17 or 18 when I was learning to shave with the razor.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been cleanly shaved. Normally I just get the clippers out and go with that.
“I’ll have the clean shave today, and see what it looks like in a month.
“I’ll grow the mo, and come in here weekly and get the rest shaved down. The wife is really excited about it.
Gray on the campaigning:
“The 1st of November is on Friday, so we are campaigning a few of the boys.
“Tom Rockliff has put his hand up. We’ll see how that goes – he doesn’t have that much facial hair.
“We will try and get as many as we can on board.
Gray on his personal battles:
“A lot of people have reached out over the last couple of years.
“It’s the most common type of cancer for young men. Any awareness we can try to promote is great.
“It’s not only the cancer stuff Movember promote, it’s mental health and suicide prevention.
“We want to try and help other guys out there by spreading a bit of awareness, and raise some money at the same time.
Gray on the importance of raising money and awareness:
“So much goes into research and treatments, and finding better ways to do things.
“Ultimately we want to save lives and that’s what we are trying to do. It’s a fantastic cause to be involved in, and have a little fun along the way.
“We will see what the mo looks like at the end of the month.
Tom Jonas on why he wanted to get involved:
“Mental health is more relevant now than it ever has.
“Although I haven’t been personally affected by it, we see people around us that have – whether that be cancer, depression or a number of things.
“I wanted to do my bit, and so did Brad (Ebert) and Ben from the Hey Diddle Wines boys, and just try to help out.
“We’ve seen Robbie go through it and it’s great for him to get on board and really lead the charge, given his story.
“We are just trying to make any little difference we can.
Jonas on Hey Diddle Wines' campaign:
“Besides trying to grow a mo – which won’t be very successful – we have just done a limited release Sangiovese.
“There are 800 bottles, with $5 from every bottle sold going to Movember. If you’re a red drinker, you can jump online and buy some of that knowing it will go to help out others.
“We also have a donation page, so whether you’re donating to Robbie, myself or one of the many other men out there growing a mo – you know it’s going to a good cause.
Jonas on Port Adelaide's captaincy:
“At this stage, I think it will be dual captains.
“We didn’t get a great opportunity to display it last year with Ollie’s injuries and I missed a month.
“Given another opportunity, I would love to work with Ollie. I really enjoyed it last year despite the trying circumstances.
“I think it will be much improved after going through those circumstances last year.
Jonas on the importance of Port's supporters:
“I appreciate and respect tradition but at the same time, if we won the flag last year with co-captains, I’m sure the fans would be all about it.
“Change happens, and I just ask all of those supporters out there to support us whatever the decision may be.
“List management, captaincy or game-style – we absolutely love the way they get around us and support us.
“If they could keep getting around us, we would love it.
Jonas on reviewing the captaincy model:
“Like anything, there are reviews that take place.
“The 150th celebrations might weigh into it a little bit, but at the same time, you saw with the new logo being revealed and other things we do over the year – there will be plenty to pay homage to our great traditions.
“It’s important the whole club has a say. I’m sure there will be discussions at board level, as well as, the coaching group and the players.
“They will address all three groups and the supporters – with them that make four groups, and I’m sure they will make the correct decision for the club and the playing group.
Gray on the captaincy model last year:
“I thought it worked well.
“Each had issues with their bodies throughout the year and we didn’t get them out on the park as we would’ve liked.
“Those two guys – along with Hamish – led our group really strongly. They were three standout leaders for our group.
“Whatever happens going forward will be in the best interest of our footy club, and give us the best chance of success.
Gray on the excitement within the playing group:
“I’ve got an amazing amount of confidence within our group.
“While we didn’t play finals this year, we are confident we can get consistent seasons out of our senior guys, and we saw with the young guys that came in, they had a significant impact.
“We think we have a good mix. We will hit the draft, and pick up some really good players there again.
“Hopefully we can continue to grow.
Gray on whether he can improve on last season:
“I think I can definitely play better footy than I did this year.
“I really battled a bit in the first half of the year, and then got going a little bit in the second half of the season.
“I’m always thinking I can keep improving and get better. I’m looking forward to getting back into training and having a big summer.
“I want to have a really big season, in what’s a big year for the club.
Gray on this year's draft crop:
“The recruiters spend an enormous amount of hours on it.
“I have spent a little bit of time looking at some vision – it should be a pretty strong draft.
“We have three picks in the top 30, so we should do pretty well. Jackson Mead is a father/son prospect for us.
“Hopefully something can get done there but that will depend on how it plays out on draft night.
“The SA talent has been pretty strong in the last few years – we picked up Connor last year, so I’m sure there will be some talented players from SA drafted again this year.
Robbie Gray on his Movember campaign: