‘What is needed at the helm’: Moore’s values perfect for Pies, says Grundy

Melbourne’s prized recruit and ex-Collingwood star ruckman Brodie Grundy says that newly appointed skipper Darcy Moore has the necessary values and character to lead the Magpies in the club’s desired direction.

Grundy, a close friend of Moore’s, said the All-Australian defender was well-placed – given the perspective he brought – to take Collingwood forward. Moore, who succeeds Collingwood’s longest-serving skipper Scott Pendlebury, follows his father Peter in captaining the club.

Darcy Moore in action for the Pies on Friday.Credit:AFL Photos

“I think he’s definitely the right person to lead that footy club,” Grundy told The Age.

“I’ve known the character that he is and his family. Since he came through the door he’s been one of my best friends in footy and I think the perspective he brings, the character and his values is what is needed at the helm for the direction that the club wants to go, I think he’s definitely in a really good position to do that.”

Grundy said he was confining his comments to Moore, rather than Collingwood, when asked about the Magpies’ situation. Moore is renowned for his social conscience, taking a leading role in Collingwood’s response to the Do Better report on racism.

“I’ll just leave my comments to Darcy and I can’t speak highly enough of that appointment. I’m super impressed. And as a friend, I’m really proud of him.”

Speaking to The Age at the launch of the Stan documentary on the 2022 trade period Show Me the Money II, Grundy revealed that he asked if the Demons really needed him when talking to them about joining them in a trade and that his new club had made him feel valued – something that wasn’t necessarily so at Collingwood.

Asked if Melbourne’s strong prospects of team success had been a major factor in choosing the Demons, Grundy said: “It was certainly a consideration and I think a big part of the conversation was around my ‘do you really need me in the team?’

“And, you know, they made me feel really valued. And that’s something that, you know, I wasn’t necessarily feeling from Collingwood at that time, you know, in view of the trade.

“I think that’s when I play my best football is when I feel valued and I certainly feel that from Max [Gawn] and from Simon [Goodwin].”

Grundy said Gawn, with whom he would share rucking duties, had been an important factor in him choosing the Demons. “I was really impressed with Max and he’s a very charismatic man and he’s pretty transparent as well. He was honest and we spoke about what that dynamic would look like.”

The documentary reveals Gawn would play 70 per cent of his time forward, allowing Grundy to ruck.

Asked about similarities and differences between Collingwood and Melbourne, Grundy said the operations were “pretty similar”.

“But culture is a living and breathing thing and you know it’s made from its people. The Melbourne footy club has got some tremendous people and you know they’ve been through some ups and downs over their time and it’s really shaped them,” he said.

Brodie Grundy believes Moore is the perfect leader for Collingwood.Credit:Jason South

“I’ve been really impressed coming in – the authenticity and the ability to roll their sleeves up and do the hard work. You know I’ve been tested at times throughout the summer, but yeah, it’s all going to be a really positive thing.

“Back end of my career – you know we [Collingwood] lost a grand final by under a kick. It’s certainly, the time is evaporating, so it’d be good to be a part of that [a premiership].”

Grundy shows some emotion in the Stan documentary. “That was one of the compelling reasons to get involved. I try and wear my heart on my sleeve … I said to the producer, ‘I’m not going to be talking about, you know, dollar signs and stuff, but I’ll talk about my experience’.”

Grundy’s hefty seven-year deal, which has five years to run, was a major reason Collingwood wished to trade him, with the Pies picking up some of that contract, but saving salary-cap room. Asked about if he thought a shorter deal might not have seen him traded, Grundy said: “Hindsight’s a wonderful thing … you’d be driving yourself mad if you entertained that. You’d be down the rabbit hole.”

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