New Western Bulldogs forward Sam Lloyd admits a lack of senior opportunities at Richmond was extremely frustrating.
Lloyd played seven games for the Tigers last year, averaging 17 disposals and kicking five goals for the season.
The 28-year-old joined the Bulldogs in the trade period, with the Tigers receiving pick 64 in return, after struggling to force his way in as a first-choice player in the yellow and black.
“To be honest, it was very frustrating at times last year,” Lloyd told SEN Breakfast.
“We had such a good group at the club and such good positivity around the place, it was hard to stay down for too long.
“I found it really tough at times when you were told you were playing really good footy, but they just can’t find a spot for you.
“We had a super side at Richmond last year and it was just one of those things where it was too hard to get in at times or replace a bloke like Trent Cotchin or Dion Prestia and then they came straight back into the side.”
Lloyd feels the biggest difference between the 2016 and 2017 premiers is the age and experience of the playing group.
“The biggest thing I’ve seen is the general age of the group from Richmond to the Bulldogs,” Lloyd said.
“I was probably around the middle of the pack at Richmond, and now well and truly one of the senior guys in terms of age.
“That’s probably the main difference I’ve seen.
“We’re a club that could really surprise people, there’s a lot of young talent, but there’s also a lot of premiership players around from 2016.”
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