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By Peter Argent

After a four-year apprenticeship in the SANFL reserves that started back in 2010, 22-year-old Central District small forward Caleb Edmead is starting to make his mark at league level.
In the round 12 clash Edmead kicked a career high four-goal haul, in the Bulldogs impressive win over Norwood and then followed that up on Saturday as the league team grabbed an important victory over the Adelaide Crows.
“I starting to feel at home at this level,” Edmead, who has now played 18 games since his debut at league level last year, said to the CDFC.com.au
“I’m picking up the pace, but it’s been hard work
“My game against Norwood was definitely my best at his level, as I also laid six tackles as well.
“The primary role for me in the side is as defensive small forward, putting pressure on the opposition.”
“Any goals are a bonus for me.
“I last played as a small forward in my first year of reserves footy, back in 2010”
With 18 goals so far this year, Edmead is second on the clubs goal kicking list, behind key forward Bryce Retzlaff on 20, and well ahead of the third placed Justin Hoskin, who has 12.
“Caleb is developing well as a small forward; he has the right body type for the role, being a solid and nuggetty type,” Club senior coach Roy Laird said.
“With Josh Waldhuter, this pair’s first role in the side is to exert defensive pressure.
“He is developing in this role and is starting to find his feet in the league side.”
Edmead debuted for the Bulldogs at the beginning of 2014, playing as a small defender. That was after 70 matches at reserves level.
That included being a member of the 2012 SANFL reserves premiership win over Norwood in a seven point thriller.
Current league team mates in that side include Travis Schiller, Matthew Prior and David Haydon along with Power listed player, Sam Colquhoun.
Edmead, a Port Adelaide supporterat AFL level, admires the way Sam Mitchell goes about his football and models his game on another Hawk, dual premiership player Paul Puopolo, who made his way on to an AFL list after senior football in Adelaide.
“I have had a number of good mentors at the club,” Edmead confirmed.
“They have included Jeff Brown, my reserves coach over the period.
“Along with ‘Browny’, Luke McCabe, ‘Chappy’ (Gavin Chaplin) and ‘Platts’ (1984 Magarey Medallist John Platten) have all been important.
“Making the big step from reserves to league football was based on the back of a couple of good and injury free pre-seasons.” 
Originally from the Gawler Central Football Club, in the Bulldogs Country zone, Edmead has been recently engaged, and lives with this fiancée Tamara in Salisbury North. 


Edmead, against Westies earlier this season.
Edmead, taking a chest mark
On the break at Playford Alive Oval
Looking to evade a Redleg opponent
Launching deep into attack at Unley
At AAMI Stadium (Football Park) in 2012
Celebrating after the final siren in the 2012 Reserves Finals Series
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