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Sam Blease

Last played for Geelong Cats in 2015
Games: 34     Born: February 19, 1991     Origin: Eastern Ranges
Playing Height: 184cm     Playing Weight: 77kg     Position: Midfield, Forward
Drafted: Priority Pick #17 2008 National Draft by Melbourne Demons
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Sam Blease Biography

Monday, 3 November 2014
After being signed by Geelong as a delisted free agent, Sam Blease cites the instability at Melbourne as a major reason for the lack of development in its younger players.

"I've had five coaches in six years. You can only imagine if your boss changes every year almost, it's hard to keep consistency," Blease said.

"People forget how unstable the Melbourne Football Club has been at times and that's reflective of five or six coaches we've had.

"It's a shame it's that way, players have to take responsibility, but AFL footy's challenging at the best of times and when there's other obstacles in front of you, it makes it even more difficult.

"A lot of the players would be more mentally exhausted from their time (at Melbourne) than physically."

Blease admits the defensive side of his game, or lack thereof, was his downfall at the Demons.

"Most of the time Roosy's game plan was based more around defence and I guess I lean more on the side of offence … and defence is something that hasn't come natural to me," he said.

"It's certainly something I've been trying to work on over the journey of my AFL career.

"I just felt like anything I did I probably wasn't going to get an opportunity, I just wasn't in the plans at Melbourne."

Thursday, 23 October 2014
Delisted Demon Sam Blease says he is working hard to get another chance and that he has been working with high performance running coach Adam Larcom in the past month.

"Obviously the time at Melbourne has been a little bit inconsistent, and I've taken this opportunity over this break to work on some things…endurance being one of those," Blease said.

"I think it's put me in good stead for another opportunity.

"This year has been a little bit different to previous years where I've sort of felt that this was my most consistent VFL season."

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Melbourne delist Sam Blease and James Strauss.
Friday, 3 October 2014
Recently delisted Melbourne speedster Sam Blease says he still has a burning desire to play in the AFL.

Blease says he has long understood he needed to improve his ability to run harder for longer.

"It's something I've been really working on each pre-season…I'm just a natural speed athlete," he said.

"It's probably never going to be something I'm going to be outstanding at, because my body's just not build that way.

"But if I can build up my tank so I can repeat speed efforts over and over again – which I've been able to do a little bit.

"I had an interrupted pre-season last year, that always holds you back a little bit, but going into this pre-season I'm fully fit and ready to go."

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Sam Blease and Melbourne have agreed to part ways, with the 23-year-old seeking opportunities elsewhere after playing just two senior games in 2014.

"When we met with Sam during his end-of-season exit interview, we both agreed that it hadn't worked for him at the Melbourne Football Club and that we would try and assist to find him a new club during the trade period," Demons football manager Josh Mahoney said.

Sunday, 7 April 2013
Colin Garland, Sam Blease and Mitch Clark pledge support for embattled coach Mark Neeld after the Demons were thumped by Essendon to the tune of 148 points.

"As a group we've really got to stick together and find out who cares about the place," Garland said.

"We're 100 per cent behind Neeldy, we're just in a tough spot at the moment, hopefully we can get out of it," Blease said.

"We want to play for Neeldy, we love having Neeldy here, we're in this together. It's not just Neeldy - Neeldy's not out there on the ground," Clark said.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Sam Blease is set to miss four to six weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain during the a NAB Cup match.

"It's disappointing because he has had a very good pre-season and he has been able to build on his endurance base during the pre-season and we want to make sure he is able to maintain as much as he can during this lay-off," Melbourne football operations manager Josh Mahoney said.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Promising Melbourne youngster Sam Blease has re-signed with the club for two years.
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Sam Blease earns a Rising Star nomination for his performance against St Kilda after battling with injury, form, self-belief and a broken leg early in his career.

"I like to think I'm pretty confident in how I play and how I go about my footy. Coming back from a broken leg I was pretty low on confidence and there were times I didn't think I would actually make it back to play AFL," he said.

"That was before I even debuted. AFL footy is all about confidence and if you're up and about and you are confident you can generally do a lot with that. I've generally tried to do as much as I can without being cocky or arrogant but just quietly confident."

Sunday, 12 August 2012
Sam Blease lacks nothing in confidence and is now starting to build a reputation as a quality player on the rise after tallying 20 possessions and 5 goals againts St Kilda in just his 18th senior game.

"[I] put it back to the preparation and having the consistency of playing footy non-stop," Blease said.

"I haven't missed a game this year which has been good."

Thursday, 19 July 2012
Sam Blease is a lively, unique talent who is working hard to become a two-way player, to get fit enough to both attack and, critically, defend when the occasion demands.

"Definitely the endurance side of the game is something I need to improve on, " Blease said.

"I have been a short distance athlete all my life. I have got an OK fitness base at the moment [but I've] just still got so much work to do. That is why I am really looking forward to this pre-season and really having a crack and getting as fit as I can."

Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Demons coach Mark Neeld has sent a zero tolerance message to Melbourne players, suspending and fining defender Sam Blease for missing a meeting.

"We are building a high-performance environment at Melbourne. We value greatly the need for preparation," Neeld said.

"By missing this meeting Sam has compromised his preparation for this weekend's game, and therefore won't be available for selection this week."

Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Nab AFL Rising star nominee for round 23, Sam Blease, feared a broken leg would end his AFL dream.

"I felt like I was mentally a little bit unstable if you like. I was a bit unsure if I'd get back to playing footy again and I suppose there was a bit of time when I didn't think I'd get to play at AFL level," Blease said.

"A lady outside of the club helped me find a few areas to focus on and I gained a lot of confidence from speaking to someone outside of footy."

Friday, 1 July 2011
Sam Blease makes his AFL debut for Melbourne at Docklands Stadium with 5 disposals (3 kicks and 2 handballs) and a tackle in a 64-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Sam Blease is selected to play his first AFL game in round 15 against the Western Bulldogs and says the road has been long and uncertain.

"I've come from a long way back. I broke my leg in '09 and it's been a long road since then. I got told this morning, so I was pretty excited. I finished training and Bails came up to give me the good news," Blease said.

Thursday, 31 December 2009
Feeling like he let Melbourne down this year, youngster Sam Blease plans to move on from his broken leg and deliver on his potential in 2010.

coaching staff and everyone who had put time into me and gave me an opportunity to play AFL," he said.

"I just need to prove to all of them with [my] actions this year and show them what I can do and why I was taken at pick No.17 last year."

Thursday, 30 April 2009
A lunchtime football game has left Melbourne youngster Sam Blease with a fractured fibula after falling awkwardly from a tackle.
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