Cody Weightman has developed a cult following amongst Western Bulldogs followers nonetheless aloof would now not feel as if he is cemented his pickle in the AFL ladder leaders’ supreme line-up.
The spring-heeled small forward has been given a licence to wing for sizable marks by coach Luke Beveridge and has utilised the freedom, placing collectively an spectacular highlights catalogue.
Since breaking into the personnel with a three-diagram haul against Port Adelaide in spherical 9, Weightman has performed seven consecutive video games, culminating in a profession-supreme four targets against North Melbourne closing Sunday.
But it is miles the less-spectacular aspects of the 2nd-300 and sixty five days player’s game that are most valued internally on the Bulldogs, the establish is recognized as ‘Flea’ ensuing from namesake and ragged Richmond champion Dale ‘Flea’ Weightman, as well to his 177cm physique.
“That’s what keeps you in the personnel and that’s the reason what the personnel has success off the support of, so as that is positively the establish my center of attention is – the smothers, the tackles and the ‘flea-like’ nature,” Weightman said.
“I like to bear the mindset that I’m now not (cemented in the personnel) because I center of attention on that is when I play my supreme football, when I’m now not complacent and I’m doing the desperate stuff.
“I like to hope that I’ve performed a couple of factual issues now that bear given me a dinky bit bit of credit that would just cope with me in the personnel, nonetheless on the same time I’m drawing reach it as if I’m playing for my existence per week.”
Weightman showed his aerial capability with a pair of contested marks in the gain over North Melbourne and generated plenty of hype with a gigantic gallop on Carlton’s Ryley Stoddart in a VFL game in Can also just.
“Popping out of the draft that was as soon as a strength of mine and since then I have been in a establish to beget a dinky bit more of an total game, which has perhaps held me in factual stead,” Weightman said.
“But completely you play to your strengths at this club, which is what Bevo and the comfort of the coaching personnel preach.
“I’ve completely got the licence to leap if I bear like or now not it is my time to switch, nonetheless clearly given my stature, there is occasions when I’ve got to cease down and play that form of aim as effectively.”
Weightman said he is unsafe how the Bulldogs will line up in attack in a crunch conflict with Sydney at Wonder Stadium on Sunday, with key forward Aaron Naughton ruled out below concussion protocols.
Naughton was as soon as substituted out of the North Melbourne game after landing closely from a marking contest and did light work on an advise bike on Tuesday.
“He’s in factual spirits and feeling mighty higher now,” Weightman said.
Meanwhile, Bulldogs pair Bailey Smith (tough habits) and Josh Bruce (participating in a melee) will area prices dealt out by the match review officer.
They face respective fines of $3000 and $2500 if unsuccessful, nonetheless are every free to play against Sydney.