Veide's Game Of Chance

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

They say life is a game of chance.

 A job transfer led South Australian Jake Veide to Perth and the gamble he took on East Perth could be the boost the Royals need to climb up the ladder in 2020.

 Veide played 114 games for South Adelaide in the SANFL and a chance phone call from East Perth Operations Manager Ward Harris recently landed the hard-running midfielder at the Royals.

 “I just wanted a bit of a change, so I got a job transfer to Perth and one way or another my number got passed on to Ward,” he said.

 “I had one phone call and that was it.”

 Despite calling time on his SANFL career in 2017, 29-year-old Veide believes he still has more to give to the game.

 “I had a lot of injuries back then and I was pretty burned out,” he said.

 “I spent the last couple of years just playing with my mates in the country league, but I figured, I’m too young to give it up just yet.”

 Veide was affectionately dubbed ‘The Robot’ during his time at South Adelaide, with gut-running and endurance trademarks of his game.

 “I’m just a competitor,” he said.

In addition to Veide, East Perth have added former Carlton midfielder Angus Schumacher, West Perth’s Aidan Lynch and former Brisbane Lions forward Jonathan Freeman to its list of key signings for the 2019 off-season period.

 “From what I’ve seen, we’ve brought plenty of experience in to the club,” said Veide.

 “Everyone’s on the same page, so hopefully we’ll see the club rise up the ladder next season.”