Rhys Pollock "can't wait" to prove that he is capable of filling Ben Fulford's position as he continues to prepare ahead of Canberra's season opener against the Gold Coast on April 6th.
Fulford, who departed the club following Canberra's Preliminary Final loss to the Sydney Swans last season, finished 2018 as the club's top goal kicker. "Ben leaving is obviously a significant loss to our side both on and off the field, he was an important avenue for the club going forward last season," Pollock said of Fulford. "But for me I can't wait to grab this opportunity with both hands and really make an impact this season." Having played for Canberra in 2017 Pollock departed the club in 2018 to focus on his GWS Academy commitments, where the 19-year-old would become a regular in the GWS Giants NEAFL squad, sharing his time with the Queanbeyan Tigers in the AFL Canberra competition. An experience that the GWS product says will help him reach new heights in 2019. “In my time with GWS and Queanbeyan last year I was given opportunities through the midfield, as well as forward, and to take my game to the next level. I think I need to improve my midfield craft to become a forward that is capable of holding his own in the midfield when required.” Upon returning to the club for the 2019 NEAFL season Pollock says a lot has changed since he was last at the club. “Since rejoining the club there has been notable changes in the professionalism, structure and culture of the club." "Kade and the playing group welcomed me back as if I had never left and I look forward to playing my role and hopefully helping the club go that one step further this year."