PORT ADELAIDE star Robbie Gray has expressed an interest in moving into the list management and recruiting field when he retires from AFL football.
Gray - who is on the cusp of his 14th season at the Power - says he is embracing the idea of spotting the talented youngsters coming through the system.
“List management and recruiting is something I might possibly look into in life after footy for me,” Gray told portadelaidefc.com.au
“I like having a look at the kids coming though and seeing what talent is out there, and see who is coming into our club.
“I’ve done a little bit of work over the past few years. We were able to do really well last year at the draft, and we’ve got some high picks again this year, so hopefully we can do the same.”
The 31-year-old said adding his input as a current player can help support the recruiters, but he insists the list management staff work tirelessly to bring in the best possible talent.
“I suppose being a current player and knowing what goes into a game of footy and what you need to do to perform is helpful,” Gray said.
“Going through that junior system myself, I can reflect back on that as well.
“I think I can provide a little bit of help to our recruiters, but they put an enormous amount of time and effort into going out and watching these kids.
“I see a little bit, but those guys put hours and hours and hours into it, and they do a really good job.”
It was well documented last year that the mercurial forward was a huge advocate for Zak Butters, and Gray said the talented youngster didn’t disappoint in his first season at Alberton.
“I had a look at some vision last year, and the recruiters were really keen on Zak (Butters),”
“I loved the way he went about it as well. We were really happy to pick him up, and we saw some of the stuff he was able to do in his first year of footy.”
The four-time All-Australian said he is equally as excited to see what high-end talent the club can bring in this year.
“I think having three picks in that first round gives us a really good opportunity to get some more really talented players in,” Gray said.
“No doubt Parks (Geoff Parker) and the boys will do great job again.”
Gray will be attending his first NAB AFL Nation Draft on Wednesday night, and he is excited to be handing over the coveted Port Adelaide jumper to one of the new first-round draftees.
“I will be presenting one or two of the jumpers,” he said.
“I think Kenny (Hinkley) is going too, so I’m not sure whether I will just do one or not, but I’m really excited to head over for the draft.
“I haven’t actually been to one before, so it will be good to get over there and see what it’s all about.”