JIMMY Conlan kept training when Port Fairy’s under 18.5 season finished.
It culminated with a spot in the reserves team for its elimination final.
He kept training when the seconds bowed out.
The hard work has paid off again.
He’s earned a recall to the Seagulls’ senior side for the Hampden league preliminary final against Koroit on Saturday.
Conlan’s most recent senior game – just the 10th of his fledgling career – was in July.
“It (the call up) was a surprise because I haven’t played in a while,” he said.
“The under 18s didn’t make finals so I had one ressies game (in the finals) and we lost by three points.
“I haven’t played in a couple of weeks. I have been going to all the trainings and keeping fit since footy finished.”
Conlan is keeping his goals simple. The small forward wants to “hassle and kick goals” in the Friendly Societies’ Park showdown.
“It will be pretty wet. The ball should be on the ground a lot,” he said.
Conlan, who works as an apprentice plumber in Warrnambool, played through the middle in the under 18.5 competition.
“It was pretty fun. It was my last year so I tried to make the most of it,” he said.