Sam Menegola is settling into life in the West Australian hub alongside wife Emma and their newborn son Otis.
Sam and Emma welcomed Otis into the world in May, and made the decision to travel across the country to the hub, returning to their hometown of Perth for the first time as a family of three.
“It’s been good to have him and Em here and we’re enjoying the hub so far,” Sam said.
“He’s been getting some extra cuddles, it’s been good for him. Hopefully the boys have enjoyed him and he hasn’t been waking too many people up during the night.”
Menegola enjoyed a solid performance last Thursday night in the Cats’ win over Brisbane, collecting 26 disposals and two goals.
An endurance athlete, the 28-year-old admits the competition shutdown provided him with an opportunity to reset whilst ensuring he didn’t over-train.
“I got a little period to reset and get the body going again through the lockdown period. There were probably a few of us in that boat, (I am) feeling good now and looking forward to hopefully playing a good stretch of games.”
“I learnt a bit through the pre-season about what my body can and can’t handle and I think I’ve got a good balance now.”
With the Cats a few days into their 14-day quarantine period, Sam and Emma are focusing on the positives the experience will bring them as a family.
“It feels a little bit weird to be home but not able to be home properly. It’s good, it’s nice to be somewhere a little bit warmer and nice to be feeling a little bit of sun on the skin.
“The little guy will get to meet some family that he hasn’t met yet so that’s definitely a silver lining for us.
“That’s exciting, it feels like a lifetime away at the moment but it will be nice when we get there.”