Adcock happy to have gone to the Dogs
JED Adcock had a blinder in his 206th and final game for the Brisbane Lions.
And kicking four goals and gathering 21 disposals as he led them to a shock win over the Bulldogs in round 23 last season just may have been the catalyst for Luke Beveridge providing him with a lifeline at the kennel.
"Bevo talked about that the other day," Adcock tells Australian Regional Media of his career-high goal haul which sunk the Dogs at the Gabba.
"I know they weren't very happy with me, (with them) going onto the finals the following week.
"But, it was important for me to try and finish off the season well.
"It might have given me a little look in for this year."
Adcock had been informed a few weeks earlier during a meeting with Lions coach and former teammate Justin Leppitsch that at 29 he was no longer required by the club.
"When you've been at a club for 12 years and you get told your time is up there, it's not the easiest thing to swallow," he recalled. "But Leppa did what he felt was best for the footy club.
"That's fine and we move on. I'm sure once I retire we'll meet and talk about it all.
"I left on really good terms with the playing group."
Adcock will come face to face with the club he captained from 2013-14 when the Bulldogs host the Lions at Etihad Stadium tonight.
While other clubs weren't forthcoming, the Bulldogs were happy to rookie-list the veteran.
"I was confident (about being re-drafted) when it first happened, but definitely some doubts came in when we (he and his manager) were trying to chuck some feelers out there, and there wasn't much coming back," he explained.
"I feel very fortunate to have been picked up by such a great club.
"It was nice to play last week for my first game, but hopefully it's just the start.
"I'm through and through a Western Bulldogs player now."
Adcock will tonight be a member of the Dogs defence that he had left in his wake last season. He was upgraded to the senior list following the knee injury to skipper Rob Murphy and becomes even more important now fellow halfback Jason Johannisen (hamstring) has also been sidelined.
"It's not how you want to come in ... we've had a pretty tough few days," he said.
"But, I'm happy to fill a spot wherever needed, whether that's forward, midfield, or back."
Originally from Maryborough in central Victoria, Adcock has settled in well, so too wife Hayley and young children Archie and Lily. "My parents are happy, they get to see their grandkids a lot more," he said.
Adcock, who plans to head down the coaching path when his playing days do finally end, was also welcomed in to Whitten Oval with open arms by the likes of Murphy, Dale Morris and Matthew Boyd, all 33.
"I think they were pretty happy to have another 30-year-old around," he said. "It's a pretty young group besides them.
"Not only only are they (Murphy, Boyd and Morris) really good footy players, but they are even better people off the field, which is a credit to themselves and to the club as well."
Adcock's successor as Lions captain, Tom Rockliff (calf) returns tonight, with Sam Mayes omitted from the team that beat Gold Coast, while ruckman Stefan Martin (concussion) has been cleared to play.
The Bulldogs have made four changes, among them Easton Wood in for Johannisen.