Lloyd urges Bombers backs to tough up Fantasia


Essendon nice Matthew Lloyd has inspired his previous aspect to tough up ex-teammate Orazio Fantasia when he strains up towards them for the primary time in rival colors this week.

After a protracted commerce saga which lasted two off-seasons, Fantasia lastly secured a transfer again to South Australia, becoming a member of the Energy in final 12 months’s Commerce Interval after 80 video games with Essendon in seven seasons.

Whereas Fantasia performed down any rivalry between he and his previous teammates within the lead-up to the match, Lloyd urged the Dons stars to offer him no heat.

“Essendon have lacked a ruthless edge for a protracted, very long time,” he informed 9’s Footy Categorised.

“Orazio Fantasia, his persona, he would love nothing greater than his opponent to offer him a hug. I reckon he’d take an enormous deep breath and say, ‘Geez, that is the response I needed’.

“I believe they’ve to offer him no heat in any way. The entire six defenders go down and Orazio would love nothing greater than to shake their fingers, he is that kind of confidence participant. I’d do fairly the other.

“I do know defenders, they zone, however put an arm throughout and put a tough whack on Fantasia good and early and I believe you would rattle him.”

Lloyd mentioned he’d “love” to see Essendon captain Dyson Heppell play on Fantasia, however conceded that the 28-year-old didn’t have the foot pace to maintain up with the ahead, as an alternative nominating Mason Redman or reigning Crichton Medallist Jordan Ridley to take up the problem.

The Essendon nice’s feedback got here after Fantasia admitted that he was trying ahead to the assembly together with his previous teammates.

“I am excited. I am certain I will be nervous when it will get nearer to the sport, however nothing however love for these guys and it will in all probability be bizarre working out towards just a few them.

“I will in all probability be a bit cheeky and name out for the ball after they’ve obtained it and attempt to get into just a few of their heads, nevertheless it must be enjoyable.”

Fantasia and Port Adelaide will host Essendon on the Adelaide Oval at 4:35pm on Saturday afternoon.

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