Wangaratta teenager Daniel Sharrock says the older players’ patient nature has played a crucial role in his development.
Sharrock is one of four teenagers who’ve comfortably handled the rise to senior level.
“Ben Douthie’s a real general in the backline, also Ben Speight and Mat Grossman, Judd Porter’s a big one as well,” Sharrock said.
“Like if you stuff up, they don’t care, sort of thing, it’s just don’t do it again, but instead of having a go at you, they’ll say you’re taking the risk and that’s what we want to do.
“The blokes really get behind you.”
The Pies boast a wonderful combination of top liners and rising talent for Sunday’s preliminary final clash against Yarrawonga at North Albury’s Bunton Park.
“Daniel’s deceptively big, he’s six-foot one, who’s got beautiful skills on both sides of his body,” coach Dean Stone said.
“He’s a very good runner as a winger, he’s very good defensively and he marks the ball well overhead.”