After being inducted by the Melbourne Football Club as a life member, Neville Jetta told SEN Breakfast he never expected to make it this far.
Jetta was delisted by the Demons at the end of the 2013 season, but since then has become one of the best lockdown defenders in the competition, with many feeling he should’ve received All-Australian honours this year.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all, especially after I hit that little hurdle in 2013 and obviously had a few coaches go through,” Jetta told SEN Breakfast.
“I’m very proud to have achieved life membership at the footy club, not just for me, but for my family as well.
“Obviously I’m still playing and you probably feel like that stuff comes after your career.
“I had my family there, my daughter, my son, my mother-in-law, but my parents couldn't get over because my father doesn’t fly, but the night was great for me.”
The Demons made it all the way to a Preliminary Final in 2018 and Jetta was happy with how the team evolved over the season.
“We’ve improved in a lot of areas, we improved our game-plan over the year,” he said.
“At the start we probably got beaten out the back a lot, but we cleaned that up and our defence really tightened up in the second half of the year.
“Overall I think the improvement and being consistent throughout every game was the biggest thing.
“We were probably known as a team that didn’t show up at times during games, but I think especially in the second half of last year we came to play for four quarters.
Champion Data has rated Melbourne’s list as the best in the competition going into the 2019 season.
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