Subi hits homerun with Adamson
- Thursday, 10 November 2016
The Lions have made their first move of the off-season acquiring the services of ex-Major League baseballer and West Coast Eagles rookie Corey Adamson.
Adamson was drawn to the Lions after being de-listed by the Eagles in the off-season and the multi-code athlete acknowledged the opportunities at Subiaco as a major draw card.
“I figured after the separation from West Coast that it would be a good opportunity to explore some options,
“Subiaco was my main choice because it’s a club that prides itself on success, it’s run by a great coach in Jarrad Schofield and it seems like a great club to play for.” said Adamson
Subiaco’s ability to transition mature-aged recruits into the AFL was also an incentive.
“When I met with Schoey he spoke about the recent opportunities for mature-aged players at Subiaco and one name that came up a lot was Sam Menegola. (Menegola was drafted to Geelong and played eight AFL games last year, including both finals)
“There’s also guys like Adam Cockie, Kyal Horsley, Jordan Lockyer and Greg Broughton who have also come back from AFL stints and played incredible footy at Subi so I’m looking forward to the challenge.” said Adamson
The 24-year-old has a strong baseball background. His dad Tony is in the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame and he was drafted by the San Diego Padres at the age of 16. Adamson has spent a total of eight years on a professional sporting teams and that has developed a strong mental aptitude.
“I think the journey so far has helped develop my attitude. With baseball it’s a completely different sport but it’s a little more gruelling. You play 150 odd games in 155 days so that’s an intense experience,
“Coming over to AFL it’s a little different because of how physical it is and how much running you have to do. Those experiences have definitely added to me as an athlete and I’m hoping those gained qualities will translate on to the field for Subi in 2017 and beyond.” said Adamson
Adamson getting a kick off during a pre-season game v Adelaide
Adamson retired from the Padres and attended a US AFL Combine in 2014. The timing was perfect for a switch back to Australia.
“I went to the US Combine through West Coast. The Eagles sourced me through my manager and next minute I was heading back to Australia,
“It happened at a great time, I wasn’t really happy with the direction of my baseball career a that time so it was fantastic to get a change of scenery.”
The speedy midfielder was on West Coast’s list for two years and played 27 league games for East Perth. He was also an U-15 All-Australian Schoolboy before following baseball and played alongside Jack Darling, David Swallow and Brandon Matera.
Corey Adamson hopes to bring some inside speed and looks to be an exciting addition for the maroon and gold in 2017.
“Schoey is bringing me over as a big-bodied midfielder and some hands on the inside. I’m also hoping to develop my stoppage game and put a bit of pace in between contests. Basically a lot of running.”
Pre-season training began on Monday for Adamson and the Subiaco Lions as they prepare for 2017.