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Playing VFL was 'sobering', says star AFL ruck Grundy

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Brodie Grundy says being dropped to the VFL by Melbourne was "sobering," but the star ruck insists he enjoyed his brief time with the Demons.

BRODIE GRUNDY. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Star AFL ruckman Brodie Grundy has opened up on his brief stint at Melbourne, admitting being dropped by the Demons was "sobering".

Grundy switched to Sydney during last month's trade period, meaning he will play for a third club in as many seasons in 2024.

The 30-year-old made just 17 appearances for Melbourne as his hyped partnership with fellow star ruck Max Gawn failed to fire.

Grundy insists he enjoyed his time at Melbourne, he just wanted to be playing AFL again regularly.

"Playing VFL, it's pretty sobering when you get dropped," he told Triple M.

"A big part of what we do is our jobs, we got a lot of satisfaction out of that.

"When that isn't where we want it to be, it's hard to reconcile.

"Getting towards the end of my career, I want to be able to maximise my time playing AFL footy.

"My two hours on the weekend just wasn't where I wanted to be.

"I'm here to play AFL footy, that's what led me to Sydney and I'm looking forward to making it there."

A dual All-Australian at Collingwood, Grundy is hoping to make his mark in Sydney after the retirement of Swans journeyman ruck Tom Hickey.

Grundy will reunite with former Collingwood teammate Taylor Adams in Sydney after the midfielder requested a trade to the Swans just a days after the Magpies' premiership win.

"I've tried to be as professional as I can be," Grundy said.

"At the time I was employed by the Melbourne Football Club to come in, play, challenge Max (Gawn) at training and play on Steven May and Jake Lever in the forward line," he said.

"I wanted to give it a go and see if I could play finals, come in and kick some goals. But it wasn't to be.

"We had a mutual conversation towards the end ... I spoke to 'Goody' (Simon Goodwin), and we were having conversations all the way through.