Crameri keen for a fresh start after supplements scandle
FORMER Essendon forward Stewart Crameri says the supplements scandal that rocked Windy Hill had no bearing on his move to the Western Bulldogs.
Crameri was traded to the Dogs for pick 26 at this year's AFL Draft.
Unveiled at his new club yesterday, he said interim Essendon coach Mark Thompson had been keen for him to stay with the club.
"The things (that) happened at Essendon were blown out of proportion a fair bit - the players were fine," Crameri said when asked if the move was down to the drugs furore.
"This was just based purely on what's best for my football and my football development."
Crameri also said he had no issue with the drawn-out negotiations, adding he believed he could play for another decade at AFL level.
"I'm only 25," he said. "I think I've got another 10 years in me. If I can keep improving and kicking goals in games and trying to win games for the team, I think that's important."
Crameri played 57 games and kicked 96 goals in four seasons for Essendon after being chosen at pick 43 in the 2009 draft.