Prized West Coast draftee Campbell Chesser is set to spend Christmas in quarantine in Western Australia.
The 17-year-old is prepared to sacrifice spending time with his family over the festive period to be ready to train with his new team-mates on January 6.
Chesser said it was a small price to pay to live his AFL dream.
"Missing one Christmas with the family is not my biggest concern," Chesser said.
"I just desperately want to be in Perth when pre-season training recommences in early January.
"It was solely my idea and the club hasn't put any pressure on me to get to Perth as soon as I can.
"The club was the complete opposite and told me how much it valued family and how important it was to be with family and friends over Christmas.
"But my family understands my decision and are supporting me like they always have.
"If I didn't try to get over there now, it could have been as late as early February until I arrived in Perth.
"Missing a month's training with my new team-mates wasn't really an option that I considered."
Chesser drove from Melbourne to Adelaide earlier this week and is required to spend two weeks in South Australia before he is permitted to catch a flight to Perth.
The Eagles have organised for him to train with Glenelg while he is in Adelaide.
"With the border restrictions, it's quite difficult at the minute getting from Victoria to Western Australia," he said.
"You are not allowed to fly into Western Australia from Victoria or NSW but you can from South Australia and I think the Northern Territory.
"So I drove over to Adelaide earlier this week and will get my car shipped over to Perth at a later date.
"I've applied for a permit to fly to Perth which hasn't been approved yet.
"Once I get to Perth, it's two weeks in quarantine."
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Chesser said it had been a whirlwind couple of weeks since being selected by West Coast with pick 14.
"It's been crazy since it happened but my feet are back on the ground now."
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