Newly re-signed midfielder-forward Kyle Langford has lauded Andrew McGrath for the impressive impact he’s had on the club.
McGrath, who also re-signed during the week for a further two years, has been one of the Bombers’ most consistent performers since being taken with the No.1 pick in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.
In his short career, the 78-gamer has been a key feature for the red and black, completing a seamless transition from a rock-solid half-back to a tenacious yet poised inside midfielder.
Langford was full of praise for the 22-year-old, who is clearly viewed as one of the most dependable players at the NEC Hangar.
“He’s just super reliable,” Langford told afl.com.au.
“He’s got the pace, and he’s got the contested ball down pat now.
“He’s got all the areas of his game that he’s really worked on over the last couple of years and he’s one of the best midfielders in the comp.”
One reason Langford believes McGrath is always able to maintain his performances is due to his unrelenting work ethic.
The proof of this can be seen in the way McGrath has applied himself in the few pre-seasons he’s experienced at AFL level.
“He’s gone away to America for the past couple of years and really worked on speed and agility and his running technique,” Langford said.
“He does a lot behind the scenes whether it’s handballing kicking or vision ... he does plenty.”
Given the surety McGrath has provided to the Bombers’ on-field setup, it’s amazing to step back and realise the young midfielder is still only 22 and just completed his fourth season.
It’s a point reiterated by Langford, who can already see aspects of McGrath’s game which make him such a damaging player.
“He’s still learning,” Langford said.
“For a player so young, he can stand up in a game and he’s not worried about what other people have to say about him and he really stands up for what he believes in.
“I think that separates him from other players and he’s only going to grow.”