PATRICK Dangerfield says the seeds of signing on as a long-term Crow this week were sown before speculation started on his new lucrative contract.
In fact, he believes the first day he permanently arrived in Adelaide in 2009 was the catalyst for his decision to re-sign with the club.
After completing year 12 in Victoria in 2008, Dangerfield spent his first 14 months full-time in Adelaide living with a host family of four. And he says those early days were responsible for shaping his love for the Adelaide Football Club.
“First impressions are everything,” he said on Thursday about Mark McGill and Caroline Loades and sons Sam and Jack, who Dangerfield lived with at Grange.
“If you have terrific hosts live I’ve had then it makes everything so much easier.
“They were fantastic from the day I moved over and made it all so much more of an enjoyable experience for me.”
We caught up with Dangerfield pumping up the club’s annual auction which appropriately this year has an Olympics theme. And it’s why he posed in a water polo helmet in a spa from Australian Outdoor Living which will be sold on the night.
“I don’t know too much about water polo,” he said.
“I do know it can get rough, but not when you’re on your own in an eight-man spa.”
The Crows annual auction is the club’s biggest social event of the year and will overtake the Adelaide Entertainment Cetnre on June 16.
All players will attend and the event will even have an “opening ceremony” and lighting of the flame.