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Dewey enjoying fresh start

MID-season Geelong West recruit Tom Dewey says a “difference in opinion” was behind his decision to quit Portarlington earlier in the season.

A Demon junior, the talented forward who also played with Leopold, Drysdale and had a stint with Geelong’s VFL squad, was last sighted in red and blue in the Round 3 loss to Queenscliff.

“There was a little misunderstanding there, and I wasn’t asked my version of events,” Dewey said.

“I said, “look guys. I’m doing you a favour by playing for the love of it”, then I stepped away from there.”

Dewey was lured to the Giants by workmate Josh Milnes and former Drysdale teammate Justin White.

“I had a chat to Milney, and he mentioned the June 30 deadline was coming up, and he said, “do you want to come out and have a chat and have a kick?”.

”Then I bumped into Justin White the next day, they put in a clearance, and it was all done.”

Dewey’s arrival has coincided with three consecutive wins for the Giants, including a thrilling three-point victory over Bannockburn on Saturday to keep their finals hopes alive.

“Josh (Milnes) said they like games under a goal here – four or five last year and four or five this year,” he said.

“It’s good to be on the right side of them for a change.”

Focussed on helping West snap a 21-year finals drought, the 29-year-old hasn’t given much thought to whether he’ll extend his career into 2019.

”If I play, I’ll play here. I’m just playing for a bit of fun and having a kick with a few mates,” he said.

”There’s a lot of good blokes, and it’s a pretty good feeling – they’re on the way up here.

“Hopefully we’ll play some finals.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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