Greg Broughton of the Dockers in action during the AFL Round 08 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at Aurora Stadium, Launceston. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)
Bluey has said I'm the only one that can lose that spot
GREG Broughton travelled 3600km to make a fresh footballing start, but there's more than a little familiarity with his move to the Gold Coast.
The former Fremantle defender headed east in the 2012 NAB Trade Period after four seasons at the Dockers, and has fitted into the Suns beautifully.
The 26-year-old was a West Coast supporter growing up – therefore a fan of former Eagles skipper and current Suns coach Guy McKenna.
Broughton also played for Subiaco in the WAFL before being drafted by Fremantle – alongside his current housemate and second year Sun Kyal Horsley.
He was also a teammate of Gold Coast assistant coach Dean Solomon in his first two seasons at Fremantle.
And then there's the sunshine and beachside lifestyle.
"It's pretty similar from Perth to Gold Coast," Broughton said.
"I knew a couple of boys before I came over, so [I'm] settling in quite nicely. The boys have welcomed me in and I'm enjoying it, having fun."
Broughton played 68 games in his four seasons at Freo, but was shuffled from his usual half-back role into the forward line under Ross Lyon last year.
The quietly spoken defender said he wanted a new challenge and intended on cementing his spot across half-back.
"That's the plan. I've been training in that spot over the pre-season and plan to do so going forward.
"Bluey has said I'm the only one that can lose that spot. It's an exciting young group and I'm looking forward to starting in the next month.
"It's been hard work over the last couple of months, meeting new guys and a new coaching group, but it's been great."
Broughton said he was excited to play alongside "one of the greats" in Gary Ablett and even likened his new teammates to his former team.
"I reckon it's pretty similar," he said.
"They (Gold Coast) are pretty mature now, the guys are in their third and fourth year and are mature bodies, pretty strong. They train pretty hard so it's similar to Fremantle.
"We're not going to know how good we go until we play opposition."
The Suns did some match simulation training at Metricon Stadium on Thursday morning, including the use of an umpire.