This sounds very promising"His effort was super. He's just getting better every week. He competes really hard and there were a couple of occasions where he had three or four efforts in a row, which his teammates noticed. He's been building his tank to be able to do that, so we're starting to see the rewards in games."
“Unfortunately Cody got injured early. He rolled his ankle, so that was bad luck for him. Hopefully it’s not too bad but we’re not sure how he’ll come up.”
Young defender Cody Brand is likely to miss Essendon’s VFL season opener after suffering an ankle injury in the side’s final practice match.
The Dons’ No.53 pick in the 2020 NAB AFL Draft will look to be available the following week when the VFL Bombers return to Melbourne.
“Cody injured his ankle on Friday night in the second quarter (after he) landed heavily on it,” Murphy said.
“It’s nothing too serious, but he’ll be touch and go this week because there’s a bit of swelling in the ankle we’ll have to manage across the week.
“He’ll most likely miss this week and be available the following week.”
Stats: Seven disposals, one mark, one tackle
“[Cody] started a bit slow. It was his first game back from injury. The longer the game wore on the better he got. He competed really fiercely in the high balls that came in and had some nice spoils, so it ended up being that the longer the game went, the better he got.”
Stats: 15 disposals, six marks, two tackles
“The good thing from Cody was that he played 100 per cent game time. When he was tired he made some errors but it was probably to be expected. A couple of times he got beaten out the back which was disappointing, and I know he was disappointed in that. To his credit he did a good job because he had to stay on the ground the whole time with the injuries we had.”