Why George Blackwood is excited by his return to Adelaide United

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Adelaide United was always “top of the list” for George Blackwood as he returns to the Reds.

This club is very special to me,” Blackwood said.  

“When I moved out of home and moved to Adelaide I fell in love with the club and the city as well. So I knew when I decided to come back, Adelaide was always at the top of the list.” 

Blackwood enjoyed a successful 68 appearances for the Reds from 2017 to 2020, along with netting 17 goals. Now he returns after an up-and-down season abroad at Oldham Athletic in England’s League Two. 

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Plenty of spanners were thrown into the works during Blackwood’s stint at Oldham, whether it was COVID, injuries or a changing of manager, Blackwood saw it all.  

“It was difficult, but I really enjoyed the experience,” Blackwood said.  

However, what was especially difficult was the departure of Oldham’s manager, Australian legend Harry Kewell.  

“Growing up, I looked up to him. A lot. And he was the main factor for me going over there basically, and I really enjoyed the time under him,” Blackwood said. 

“It was a bit unlucky (to see him go).”  

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But now, Blackwood is looking forward to steadying the ship as he returns the Reds. 

“I’m definitely happy to be back here and make sure that I get my body right,” he said.

“I know that Adelaide’s medical team is really good and that was a big factor for me coming back.” 

Along with the medical team, reuniting with coach Carl Veart excited Blackwood. 

“I think he understands the Australian game a lot better than most people,” Blackwood said.  

“And I love his calm demeanour. Because then when he has a dig at someone, it really resonates and you take it in.”

And when quizzed on what position he might play this season, Blackwood said he is just happy to be on the field.

“Most of the pre-season I’ve been playing in that 10 role, but honestly, I’m just happy if I’m on the field, whatever position I play,” he said.

“I’ll be stoked being on the field and contributing to the team and scoring goals.”

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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