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September 14, 2017 2:27 PM

Seed and his Sleeves Paul Seedsman tells AFC Media why is a wearer of the sleeves.
To me 12 degrees is 12 degrees no matter where you are and that’s a long-sleeve jumper for me

Not many players have fans chanting their name, let alone a player with only 18 club games to his name.

Adelaide wingman Paul Seedsman is an exception.

The Collingwood recruit has been an instant hit with Crows fans because of his precision kicking and long running goals. But also for the way he reminds the Adelaide faithful of yesteryear.

After joining the Club last season, Seedsman became the first Crow to consistently pull on the long sleeves since the colourful Andrew Jarman in the early-1990s.

It’s not a fashion statement for the 25-year-old onballer, who is renowned for constantly being ‘overdressed’.

Recently, he opened his locker to discover two new pairs of track pants for his Spring collection.

Seedsman has no idea where the clothing came from, but expects it was a stitch-up from a teammate.

“If you ask anyone around here, I’m always walking around in a jumper or trackie pants,” he said.

“People say, ‘You’ve come from Melbourne … surely it’s warmer over here?’

“But to me 12 degrees is 12 degrees no matter where you are and that’s a long-sleeve jumper for me.”

The fans love the long-sleeved look, but not everyone within the four walls at West Lakes is a fan.

“Every time I get (the long sleeves) out, you can guarantee ‘Tex’ will say, ‘I prefer you to be an emergency today if you’re going to wear that’,” Seedsman said.

“But Tex definitely does (have a long-sleeved jumper) too. He had it out for one game and I couldn’t believe it. He had it sitting on his locker and he just didn’t have the guts to pull it off!

“(Assistant coach) Scott Camporeale doesn’t like it either. He’ll make a comment every time before and after the game, but to me it’s just a jumper.”

The chant of ‘Seeeeeeeeeed’ that bellowed across Adelaide Oval last Thursday night is also a throwback.

‘Weeeeeeeeeed’ was the call fans used when cult hero Wayne Weideman touched the footy in the early days of the Club.

Star forward Eddie Betts has the biggest and best chant, but Seedsman’s is building.

“I thought I heard it (the chant) at one stage on Thursday night,” Seedsman said.

“I took a mark or something and I heard it again. It is pretty cool hearing that.”