Adelaide forward Shane McAdam says friends, family and a push from the SANFL helped him find his form in Perth.
Hailing from the remote town of Halls Creek in Western Australia’s east Kimberley region, McAdam went to school in Perth and played in the WAFL before heading to Adelaide.
Sunday’s clash against West Coast was the forward’s first AFL game in front of his home state.
“I loved it. I went to school here in Perth and had all my mates, friends and family come to the game,” McAdam told AFC Media after the match.
“You always want to give your friends and family something to come and watch so it gave me that extra edge to try and perform.”
After being omitted for Round Eight, McAdam booted three goals and took five marks in his AFL return against a strong Eagles side.
McAdam said last weekend’s SANFL stint was a driving factor behind his convincing Perth performance.
“The first half of the year I started off pretty slow and going back to the SANFL was a wake-up call for me,” he said.
“I thought I came back into the team and played my role… did what the team needed me to do.”