Last year, the talented Quinns Rocks product was thrust into the spotlight as a history maker with Fremantle-listed brother Stephen when they became just the second siblings to face off in a season decider in 116 years of VFL-AFL history.
And it all came while, for the first time, he was learning how to keep a lid on the excitement of performing in one of Australia’s most high-profile events.
One season on, it’s not about maiden appearances or sibling rivalry, but about the influence he can have in the big dance with 50 games now to his name.
While Hawthorn was firm flag favourite against debutant Fremantle in 2013, the side takes underdog status against a powerful Sydney outfit at the MCG on Saturday.
The damaging 21-year-old midfielder was excited but wary about the task ahead for the Hawks in their third-straight ” and his second ” shot at an AFL flag.
‘It’s still an unreal feeling’