NAB Cup: Perception is different to reality

FORMER Brocklesby junior Tony Armstrong says he’s loving life at new club Collingwood.

Armstrong, who joined the Magpies via free agency last summer, said his fresh start at the Westpac Centre had been everything he wanted and more.

“It’s kind of funny — you have this perception of a club and then you get inside it and it’s just unbelievable,” Armstrong said.

“All the way from Eddie (McGuire) down to the guys who help us out on match day.

“Everyone is so friendly and professional and I can’t speak highly enough of the place.

“I love it.”

The former Adelaide and Sydney player made a promising start to his Magpie career with a 21-disposal effort against Geelong last week.

He’s looking to build on that against Richmond at Wangaratta today.

“I thought I played my role but there’s always room for improvement,” he said.

“You never play a perfect game.

“It was a good start that I’m looking to build on.”

The ex-Murray High school student said he was rapt to see his old club, which merged with Burrumbuttock in 2006, break its Hume league premiership drought last season.

“It was fantastic to see them get up,” he said.

“When I was there Brock was obviously a proud club but weren’t very successful.

“Mum was super excited about it, too.

“I was overseas when it happened and she was texting me the whole time.”