Cockie back at Subi
Friday, 24 June 2016
When Adam Cockie finished season 2015 with Sandringham, the midfielder was open to returning to the maroon and gold.
Cockie had played four seasons in the VFL but when 2016 came around the 27-year-old decided to return to where it all started.
“I was weighing up my options last year and decided to call Luke Sanders who was the Football Manager when I was at the club. We managed to sort out a situation that worked for both parties.” said Cockie
The possibility of earning a spot at St Kilda originally drew Cockie to Victoria in 2012 and although it didn’t arise; the journeyman learnt a lot in those four years.
“I originally moved to Sandringham in 2012 for opportunities with St Kilda. Simon Mcphee (ex-CFC) and Scott Watters (ex-SFC) were coaching at the time and were confident I would adapt to the smaller grounds well,
“The opportunity at the Saints never happened but I developed a good relationship with Mcphee and the coaching staff, it definitely made me work on my inside game.” said Cockie
After working on his trade in the VFL, Cockie made the move across the country again and has seamlessly settled back into the Lions den.
“It was great coming back to where it all started. The transition was easy because I already knew a majority of the boys and the vibe within the group is really strong. It’s amazing how many of the same faces were here, it was pretty easy to settle in.” said Cockie
Re-acquainted with the maroon and gold in 2016, Cockie’s on-field play has been exemplary. He's 2nd in team tackles with 64 from 11 games and has gelled well with some familiar faces in the middle of Medibank Stadium.
“It’s a lot easier to play with guys that you’ve played with before. I came up through colts with Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan and was well acquainted with Leigh Kitchin from my time in the VFL,
“The midfield group is full of experience and talent and I don’t think we’ve even reached our full potential,
“This team has a lot to offer this season. It’s been a bit rocky with injuries and such but when we have our full strength side out there I think we can be really good.” added Cockie
Although credit usually goes to his on-field work, Adam Cockie is also making a big difference off the field.
Upon returning, Cockie accepted the role of District Community Engagement Officer and is focussed on working with young Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander footballers..
“We’re looking to develop the right pathways and better options for some of these young kids who can use football as an outlet, said Cockie
“It’s great when you see them showing excitement and passion for the game and we hope to offer a back-bone for these young footballers through our great game.” said Cockie