Jack Adamson didn’t have much time for nerves ahead of his debut on Saturday night, having less than 48-hours to prepare for his first game in the blue and yellow.
Instead of learning the news after the club’s final training session as is the regular process for debutants, Adamson received an unexpected phone call from Canberra's General Manager of Football Shaun Young on Friday morning informing him that Ben Halse was out, and as a result, he had been selected to play his first senior match.
"I was lucky enough to receive a call from Shaun on Friday morning before the squad flew out, from there, it was a crazy 48 hours, a real whirlwind of emotion."
"Obviously, Ben going down wasn’t ideal but to be given the opportunity to debut in Darwin was awesome and something I am incredibly grateful for."
The 19-year-old was recruited from the Tuggeranong Hawks, who Adamson says have played a significant role in his development.
"Tuggeranong have been huge for me, to receive the amount of support I did prior to the game, is something I am so fortunate to have had."
"There have been some disappointing seasons results wise at Tuggeranong but people within the club never stopped caring about my development."
Ahead of his debut, Adamson was presented with his playing jumper from another Tuggeranong junior, Canberra vice-captain Tom Highmore.
"Tom has always been an idol of mine, someone I have looked up too since our whipper-snipper days back at Primary school."
"So for him to hand me the jumper and say such kind words was certainly a moment I will remember."
"Tom, the staff and the entire playing group have been so supportive throughout my journey with Canberra especially on the weekend and I can’t speak highly enough of them."
With Riley Budd returning from injury in time for Saturday's clash with Sydney University, Adamson will transition back into to the AFL Canberra competition this weekend.
Despite his omission, Adamson says that now he's had a taste of NEAFL action he will continue to keep knocking on the selection door.
"I think to continue to adapt and adjust to what is required and doing this by doing the little things, keeping things simple, and taking in the advice I am getting."
"Winning on the weekend, belting out that team song and being in the arms of such a quality group of blokes, I can’t really put into words how bloody special that was for me."
"I know that it has made me even hungrier to keep knocking on the door for selection because it’s a feeling I don’t want to miss out on to much more."