FIRST-year Koroit midfielder Liam Hoy says the chance to learn from and play alongside high-calibre Hampden league players in the Saints’ engine room has improved his game.
Hoy, 21, hopes he can carry his form into their preliminary final showdown against Cobden at Reid Oval on Saturday.
“’Boxhead’ (Damian O’Connor) and Ben Goodall are two blokes I’ve always looked up to,” he said.
“’Box’ and I carpool to training. He’s full of good stories and he’s got a lot of footy knowledge and I really feed off him a lot.”
Hoy arrived at Victoria Park via Warrnambool, TAC Cup club Greater Western Victoria Rebels and Queensland outfit Noosa.
He said the move home had paid off.
“(Coach) Chris (McLaren) said to me early in the year to have a great pre-season,” he said. “I did that and was lucky enough to play a good handful of games in first half of the season and my confidence went up.
“I have really relished the change, it’s a great club and Chris has given me a lot of opportunity on the footy.
“I couldn’t speak higher of the place. I have a lot of great mates now and hopefully we’ll create a few memories in the next fortnight.”