Midfielder Nick Eynaud credits teammates Alex Smout, Angus Baker and Tom Highmore for helping him prepare for his next footballing chapter, which will begin on Saturday afternoon when he makes his debut for Canberra against the Brisbane Lions at Phillip Oval.
The 20-year-old told canberrademons.com.au that although shocked, he can’t wait to pull on the blue and yellow for the first time.
“I didn’t actually know until Thursday night at training when they named the side so it was a pretty big shock,” Eynaud said.
“I suppose I have been playing a good standard of football in the AFL Canberra competition and thought it may have been a possibility with a few injuries, but to be completely honest I was pretty surprised."
"It’s obviously really exciting, I can't wait."
Recruited from the Sydney Swans Academy during the off-season, Eynaud was held out of the opening fortnight of the season due to a finger injury he sustained in the pre-season but returned through the Gungahlin Jets program in the AFL Canberra competition last month.
"It was about 6 weeks before I could play any sort of football, I had missed all of our pre-season matches but thankfully was able to then get right for round 1 of the AFL Canberra competition."
"They were really welcoming down at Gungahlin, they made me feel apart of the playing group straight away."
With his injury troubles now behind him, the medium-sized said Baker, Smout and Highmore had provided guidance both on and off the field in his early days as a Demon.
"They have been huge in helping me settle into the club, obviously coming from interstate, Angus has helped me with getting around Canberra,” Eynaud said.
"Alex and Tom have really helped me with the football side of things and getting my physical and mental preparation right."
“They obviously all have a lot of experience and are real leaders at the club, so they’ve directed me really well.”
Returning to the NEAFL alongside Adam Kinasch and Jonathan Spina, Eynaud says he will look to play his role for the team when they clash with the ladder leaders Brisbane tomorrow.
"I just need to control what I can control and put my best foot forward and play my role for the team."
"I need to do all the right things with my hydration and nutrition in the lead up but most of all just enjoy the experience and learn from it."
Canberra host the Brisbane Lions at Phillip Oval from 12pm tomorrow afternoon.