Mates to tackle old side together

They were drafted together, lived together for the past three years, moved to Greater Western Sydney together and now they'll face their old teammates together.

Sam Reid and Callan Ward's careers have followed similar - but also vastly different - paths since they were drafted by the Western Bulldogs in the 2007 national draft.

Ward has emerged as a young star and was head-hunted by the Giants as an off-contract player and offered a big-money deal.

But for Reid it's been a much harder path. He has had groin surgery, both shoulders reconstructed and was diagnosed with type-one diabetes and has to test his blood sugar levels after every quarter. The 22-year-old has managed 10 games in four years, while his best mate Ward has racked up 64.

Reid was thrown a life line by the Giants and had a ready-made housemate waiting for him in Sydney.

He's looking forward to testing himself against an experienced Bulldogs midfield and is expecting a bit of ''banter'' from his old teammates.


''We've still got really good mates that play for the Bulldogs and we'll probably get into them and they'll get into us as well,'' Reid said.

''It'll be interesting but I don't think it'll be too rough, there'll just be some words thrown around. That's what happens at footy clubs.''

With all his injury worries it is not surprising Reid has struggled to string together more than four games in a row.

''Now I'm back in, hopefully I stay in for the rest of the year, stay injury free and all that kind of stuff. I'm feeling pretty fit and playing all right so hopefully I stay out there,'' the midfielder said.

''If they try and rest me [due to the Giants' publicised rotation policy] I probably won't be too happy but I can understand where they're coming from. Obviously everyone wants to play all the time.''