Nov 6, 2020

It doesn’t change my body weight over the month but the skin folds it does, the skin folds drop a massive amount.

Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Plus the Blues are likely going to have to cough up an early pick to land Adam Saad, should he want out of the Bombers. You make sure you are drinking and eating to last 12 hours. He turns the skewers on the barbecue.

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He laughs at Essendon’s half-back line: on one side is him, a first-generation Lebanese Muslim, on the other is Irishman Connor McKenna. You wake up at 4.30 in the morning to make sure you get the right food in. Saad has played in just one final across 108 games for Gold Coast and Essendon and sees Ikon Park as a club which is heading in the right direction to match his ambitions. Saad's mother Nejme offers more food.

To understand his family you have to appreciate his religion.

The food at the club and on trips away is halal. Zafir is standing over the smoking charcoal barbecue turning skewers of beautiful, seasoned chicken, lamb and beef.

After appearing to struggle between Senior and Development level football, he established himself as one of the VFL's leading small defenders, winning the Coburg best and fairest award in 2014 sharing in a tie with Daniel Venditti, and was named in the 2014 VFL Team of the Year. "She’s given me four grandkids.". He was also seeking greater clarity around his role and more freedom to be an offensive runner rather than a lockdown defender. I try to be consistent as well.".

Nejme Saad placed the food on the table, sat down and cried. (Bachar Houli was best on ground on last Saturday night for Richmond). "We break on dates and water.

In round 5, 2015 Saad was nominated for the Rising Star after his team's win over the Brisbane Lions where he had 26 touches. Saad playing for Gold Coast in 2017: happy for the opportunity, but away from his family. There is no movement from next door either. To appreciate his religion you need to understand his family. I have them every day. It’s understood he had reservations about Essendon’s direction.

You feel lighter, you feel stronger, you feel the same if not better. Adam Saad breaks the Ramadan fast with his mum Nejme, father Zafir, and brothers Muhammad and Noah.Credit:Simon Schluter.

A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. I got the best of both worlds on Anzac Day: he played all right and Collingwood won.". Nejme goes to all of Adam’s games.

Now is the easy part.

Out of contract and with a long-term deal on the table from Essendon, his move will be Carlton’s second major coup of the off-season, following Zac Williams’ defection from GWS.

'My family and my religion is everything': fast break with Adam Saad. It’s healthy, the dates are very healthy and beneficial for us. But for me coming back home was the No.1 thing; I am very close to my family, my family and my religion is everything to me," he said.

We welcome anyone to our house ... "For us as Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace, and for me I try not to listen to outside noise, but I set the example by living my values through what my religion has taught me. There is a prayer room at the club which Adam uses daily.

We joined the fasting this day. He uses the prayer room at Essendon's training base daily.

He is renowned for his precise kicking and ability to break the lines and cut angles to evade opponents. She never misses her son's games, and dissects them all.Credit:Simon Schluter. Zafir was nine when he arrived in Australia and the family settled in Melbourne’s inner north. Probably.

"I remember the first day I went to the football it was Hawthorn and someone and Hawthorn won so I followed Hawthorn, then the following week Hawthorn played Collingwood and Collingwood beat Hawthorn so I followed Collingwood. Nejme thinks she might have gone to the Gold Coast a hundred more times in the three years Adam was there. Being a religious non-drinking person can make you an outsider in the blokey environment of a football club but Adam said his teammates embraced him from the start.

Essendon and Carlton remain in a stalemate over Adam Saad on the eve of the 2020 trade period.

Footy clubs are a unique workplace but I love it. Early Career. Maybe. Even with training and playing he does not buckle and take even a sip of water. "Gold Coast were very good to me – the opportunity they gave me was second to none. Rival AFL clubs are reportedly watching Adam Saad’s status with interest as contract talks with Essendon fail to progress. To understand Adam Saad you have to understand his family. She never misses her son's games, and dissects them all. The Saads are Lebanese-Australian.

"Being back home has been massive for me and my football," he said. "Chips are the hardest. I support him and want him to play well, but you can’t just give up Collingwood. After the trays of rice, labneh, pitas, and bowls of dates, out comes a tray of hot salty chips. The families live so close they see each other nightly. As a junior he previously played for West Coburg Football Club in the Essendon District Football League. Zafir drove taxis most of his life as he and Nejme raised their six kids in Brunswick West.

Adam sits at the table under the pergola in the backyard of his family’s house as tray after tray of food emerges from inside.

"There are no exemptions [for training and playing]. St Kilda is pondering an audacious play for another young Giants star. His family and his religion are central to his life.

Tonight is a small gathering at the Saad house. His dedication to CrossFit compelled him to recently open his own CrossFit gym.

Adam grew up a football fan, always with a Sherrin in his hand and following Collingwood like his dad. Nejme’s family is from the same village. "All the boys, they have picked a day each to support me through the month and help me.

This is testing.

The club embraces the diversity. Fatma, Adam’s older sister, laughs about Muslim boys being spoiled by their mums. "Adam is over there," Nejme said. [Ramadan] is a month we love playing in; I was talking to Bachar as well and he felt the same. We welcome anyone to our house, if you knock on our door we will welcome you in, we will feed you, give you sweets, make you feel like it’s your own home. It’s hard to stomach food at that time.

Adam Saad breaks the Ramadan fast with his mum Nejme, father Zafir, and brothers Muhammad and Noah. If people want to ask questions I am more than happy to answer.

Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics. "I always loved Aussie rules," Zafir said.

As reported by in September, Melbourne was also interested in Saad and remains keen to bring at least one running player in during the off-season.

Only Khadijah has moved out of the family home. Coming back here I have got that back now," he said. Adam Saad has confirmed he wants out of Essendon (Pic: Michael Klein). Play your role. They’d stay in the house too if there was room.

It is how he is living his life in football and at home.

Essendon rates him highly and won’t let him go without adequate compensation. Most of the Essendon players have fasted for a day or two with Adam during Ramadan. Adam liked playing footy for the Gold Coast Suns, but he could not stay there. Watch the 2020 Toyota AFL Finals Series on Kayo with every game before the Grand Final Live & On-Demand. Adam Saad (born 23 July 1994) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Saad's mother Nejme offers more food. "It is more attention to detail in your preparation.

We just have faith in God and we go in with the intention of fasting and we feel like when we do fast God gives us or strength, Allah gives us our strength," Adam said. His mum and dad had a house 100 metres away. He and Adam would kick the footy out the front of the house.

At the conclusion of the 2017 AFL season, Saad requested and was granted a trade to Essendon.

It’s a month we love playing in; I was talking to Bachar as well and he felt the same. "What are you crying for," Zafir asked his wife as he turned skewers of meat, charring them on the barbecue. He admits that as eldest son in the family, and with a brother, Noah, 10 years younger, he felt the responsibility to be present in the family more keenly.

New to Kayo? Adam will marry in October and move out. "Coming back here I feel like I am a role model not just to my community and where I am from but to Australians, people who watch the footy.

"Religion is the no.1 thing in my life.

Often when the barbecue is cooking, Ang Christou pops his head up over the fence and then comes in to join his neighbours for kofta, lamb and chicken skewers. Adam visits his nieces and nephew every night after praying at the mosque. State of Origin for Bushfire Relief Match, "Coburg flyer Adam Saad headed to Gold Coast after being chosen in rookie draft",,, Australian rules footballers from Victoria (Australia), All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 05:23.

"What are you crying for," Zafir asked his wife as he turned skewers of meat, charring them on the barbecue.

Saad is one of two practising Muslims currently in the Australian Football League, alongside Bachar Houli. Saad's Muslim faith is central to his life, and happiness.

You realise that when you sit at his family table in the backyard with the barbecue smoking and family members gathering and waiting to break the fast of Ramadan. Joining Essendon has truly been a homecoming for Saad.Credit:AAP. [1] His strong form and State Combine testing led him to being drafted to the Gold Coast Suns with pick 25 in the 2015 rookie draft. Saad joined Coburg in 2013 following a TAC Cup stint with the Calder Cannons. "You see people who don’t know much about religion, but you try to tell them and educate them.

The Bombers and Blues will need to orchestrate a trade during November’s window. "I love playing my role for the team. You can’t separate one from the other. He adopted footy, not soccer, straight away.

And I am still Collingwood. He uses the prayer room at Essendon's training base daily.Credit:Simon Schluter.

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