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Having at long last made his AFL debut, and played in winning side, Collingwood youngster Matt Scharenberg says he is focused on playing for the Pies over the final month of the season, and that his contract “will just take care of itself”.
Speaking to Fairfax Media following the Pies’ drought-breaking win over Carlton at the MCG on Saturday, the South Australian teenager, out of contract at year’s end, said he was focused only on adding to his two senior games.
“I’ve just put my footy first up until now, it’s just been about getting over my injuries and actually getting a game first, and now I’d just like to keep putting my best foot forward and get as much senior footy as I can under my belt,” Scharenberg said.
“I’m sure the rest of it will just take care of itself.”
Adelaide are reportedly keen to lure the No.6 pick from the 2013 draft.
Scharenberg missed most of his first season at the Pies with a foot injury, before returning late in the season only to tear his anterior cruciate ligament in the team’s final VFL game.
Able to return inside nine months however, Scharenberg was then forced to bide his time as the Pies stormed through the first half of the season. But having been picked as a late inclusion a week earlier against Melbourne, he held his spot for the game against the Blues, and had nine disposals after coming into the match at three-quarter time. Discussing his road back, Scharenberg said he got “sick of rehab pretty quickly”.
“My first 18 months was really tough. It’s just good to be back playing now.”
The 191cm utility said that coach Nathan Buckley had been supportive throughout the process leading up to his debut.
“It was just about keep doing what I’m doing in the VFL, and then when the opportunity came, like it did last week, just make the most of it.”
“A lot of it was just about getting games under my belt, having spent such a long time out of the game.”
Scharenberg praised the club’s on-field leaders for keeping things under control during the side’s six-match losing streak, which ended against the Blues.
“It’s just been good to see how everyone’s still sticking together, sticking to what we know, and we trust that what we can do the best of our ability can get us to where we want to go.”
Scharenberg also highlighted the positive influence of the returned Ben Reid, with whom he has spent considerable in the rehab group.
“His last 18 months haven’t been too great, so it’s been great to stick close to him and see how hard he works.”
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