Canberra recruit Jack Adamson says he is willing to wait for his opportunity at NEAFL level having signed a one-year rookie contract last month.
Adamson, 19, a sculpted mid-sized midfielder recruited from Tuggeranong, caught the eye of Coach Kade Klemke in the AFL Canberra Competition last season. A season in which the Tuggeranong Junior experienced his first taste of NEAFL action with the GWS Giants. Currently enduring his first pre-season in the Canberra program Adamson says that despite the increased intensity pre-season has been a successful transitioning period.
"Compared to the local competition and even the academy stuff it has been quite an elevation in work load and a noticeable step up in professionalism."
"In saying that I owe a fair bit to the coaches I was lucky enough to have during the academy program and at Tuggeranong."
"Their support has been nothing but tremendous and I have nothing but respect for the work they do, for not only me but countless other young men and women." Similar to so many other rookies Adamson works diligently all week, trying to improve, hoping to impress the coaching staff, willing to wait for a chance to showcase his talent in the NEAFL competition this season. "The challenge is for me to continue to learn and adjust to what is constantly expected of a NEAFL player."
"So much can be gained from getting in the ears of many of my teammates."
"The guidance so far has been extremely welcoming and the transition has been made that much easier by being surrounded by such a ripping group of blokes with a wealth of footy knowledge."
“Its just important for me that whether I am running ragged on the training paddock with Canberra or playing for Tuggeranong in the AFL Canberra competition that I put my best foot forward and continue to learn, improve and develop my game."
"Stripes are earned through patience and commitment not given on a platter."
Canberra recruit Jack Adamson
Adamson remains optimistic ahead of his rookie campaign and says he would be happy playing any role in 2019. "Top of my list would be to get a game for Canberra absolutely but really I just want to find enjoyment from whatever footy I'm playing." "If an opportunity presents itself then I’ll be ready to play my role for the team.”
"To have been given this rich opportunity through the Canberra program is something that I am incredibly grateful for," Adamson said.