Eddie started out his sporting life as a talented soccer player, but his father introduced him to AFL at age 11 and the rest is history. He made his debut for the Carlton Football Club in Round 1, 2005. Eddie is a resounding crowd favourite and he also picked up AFL Goal of the Year in 2006.
I was born in South Australia in Port Lincoln where Dad lived, but I shifted over to Western Australia because my mum lives in Kalgoorlie.
No not really. I played soccer when I was little and then Dad came and put me into AFL when I was about 11. I moved to South Australia a couple of years later and played in the little league. I then moved to Melbourne to play, and ended up getting picked for the under-18s TAC Cup. I got a chance to play with the Calder Cannons for two years before getting picked up by Carlton.
Playing at the MCG. I still think that I am surprised to be playing AFL professionally.
If we come up against a team like Collingwood or Essendon, it's always a big crowd. It's pretty pumped playing a game with a lot of people watching. With a big crowd and big atmosphere it's awesome the adrenaline is just amazing.
We train basically every day except Thursday. We have meetings, weights, beach training, massages, physio – it's pretty full-on.
I enjoy training a lot actually. I like going to the club and seeing all my boys – it's my second home because I'm there nearly every day of the week. Most blokes don't enjoy doing pre-season training, but we have to do it and the rest of the year is good.
We have a very young crew down here. The coach and the assistant coaches are easy to approach and we can talk to them about anything.
Every Thursday we go out to schools and talk to the kids about how to help save the environment.
I don't really like the media. I've never really gotten used to it.
When we get drafted, we spend the whole first year going through a program with media training, drugs and alcohol talks, and that sort of thing. Every player in every club has to go through the program.
A lot of the Indigenous players are doing an ambassador program at the moment to try to help young Indigenous communities. There are also Indigenous camps up in Broome. At the beginning of next year all of the Indigenous boys in the AFL, 72 of us, will go up to Darwin and get to know each other a bit more.
Before I was drafted, I came over to Melbourne because of an Indigenous football program run by Phil Krakouer who is a former Indigenous AFL player for North Melbourne. He was getting all the young Indigenous guys over to Melbourne to see if they could get a shot at AFL level. I did the program for two years and then got picked up so I guess that program worked for me.
We try to do something now on our day off so that we have something to do after we finish AFL. I'm starting to do some work in the landscaping business.
Keep working hard and believing in yourself. If you come to Melbourne from different states you might get homesick, but you have to keep fighting and keep working hard. You'll get used to it and the boys will help you out.
We did pretty well – better than we did last year. Last season we won four games but this time we've got nine. We almost had a chance at the finals but hopefully next year will be a better year. We are looking to the future now because we have all the young guys coming through. We always try to win and when we come up against hard teams we try to go out there and be hard at it, but the win isn't going to come every time.