The seven-day camp was my first real full-on sessions where I didn't have to sit out anything. It was full contact and just good to be involved.Charlie Spargo
CHARLIE Spargo is starting to feel like he belongs.
After spending his first two months at Melbourne in rehabilitation following a shoulder reconstruction, the Albury youngster joined the main group for the first time during a gruelling pre-season camp at Maroochydore last week.
“It was great to be able to do everything again,” Spargo said.
“The seven-day camp was my first real full-on sessions where I didn't have to sit out anything.
“It was full contact and just good to be involved.
“You get to know blokes better and feel like a real part of it.”
Spargo and former Wodonga ruckman Mitch King were among eight Melbourne players to visit schools in Corryong on Thursday.
He said his introduction to the AFL had been made easier by some familiar faces being at the Demons.
“I’ve known Mitch from the Murray Bushrangers days and we’ve been family friends with the Brayshaws,” he said.
“Daniel Cross is the rehab coordinator as well.
“When I first went down he took me under his wing and helped me out a fair bit.
“It’s been great to have someone like him around.”
Spargo has been touted as an AFL player since his early high school says with the former Scots School Albury student considering himself lucky to be living his dream after his 2017 was ravaged by injury.
The No.29 draft selection’s transition to city life has been helped by spending the final three years of his schooling at Melbourne Grammar.
“Probably the biggest thing for me has been backing up training every day and getting used to it,” he said.
“It's been unreal.
“It's everything I expected and more and I’m just looking forward to working hard.”
As for expectations and about practice matches, Spargo says he hasn’t looked that far ahead.
With Melbourne still stinging from last year’s disastrous finish, Spargo knows he’s going to have to earn his stripes.
“I've no idea," he said.
“The JLT is in Hobart in a few weeks and then the season starts in late March.
“Whether it's VFL or AFL, I’m not really bothered at the moment.”