They’ve had eventful rides through the early years of the GWS Giants, but Toby Greene and Sam Reid have earned praise from coach Leon Cameron following the club’s 100th AFL game.
Reid appeared to have retired with a shoulder injury in 2013, but on Sunday kicked a goal in his first senior game in over 1000 days.
Cameron also hailed Greene for his successful conversion from a high-possession midfielder into a goalkicking forward.
Greene only kicked 19 goals in his first three seasons and 15 last year, but is the equal second highest on the Giants list this year with 23.
Reid 26, became a development coach for GWS and was redrafted on to the Giants list last November.
He resurrected his senior career by making his 25th appearance and his first since 2013.
“It brings a smile on your face that those sort of stories can happen,” Cameron said of Reid, who on Sunday finally played in a winning Giants senior side in his 15th attempt.
“I was the one who had to tell him `i think your time is up’ on the back of some nasty injuries three and a bit years ago.
“He came back and got his body okay and then started playing some pretty good (reserves) footy in front of our eyes and we’re thinking `have we made the right decision.?’
“He’s a hard player, he wants it hard and tough.
“He came in and played his role today and you can see the excitement from his teammates when he kicked that goal.
“Hopefully the second part of his journey is more fruitful than his first because of the injuries he sustained early in his career.
“Who knows where Sam Reid ends up, but if he can continue to do what he did today he’s going to be playing a fair bit of AFL football.”
Greene meanwhile, has kicked 21 goals in his last seven games, bagging four goals twice and three goals four times in that period.
While Greene’s past behaviour on and off the field has sometimes generated the wrong type of headlines, he has impressed Cameron with the way he has knuckled down in more recent times.
“”I’m pretty hard on Toby just because i know the ability he has,” Cameron said.
“When he stays tuned in with the game he can deliver results like he did today.”