Camperdown debutant Zach Sinnott knows advice is close at hand - his dad Matt is the Magpies' equal games-record holder.
Zach, 17, spent his childhood at Leura Oval watching Matt work his way towards 276 Hampden league senior games.
"I grew up watching dad and 'Spook', my uncle (Aaron Sinnott), play so it's good to follow in their footsteps," he said.
"Dad always said work rate is the most important thing - the harder you work, the more rewards will come."
Some onlookers at Camperdown's away clash with Cobden on Saturday will have to do a double-take.
"We're similar types of players," Matt said of the oldest of his four children.
"He is starting on a wing and until he puts on a bit of size he'll be out there."
Matt admitted he would have some nerves watching Zach but knows he's ready for the challenge.
"He's worked really hard at improving his game over the summer and he's played consistent footy in the under 18s and with Lachie Bone (out injured) they were looking for a wingman-onballer," he said.
"I am proud. I see first-hand how much work he puts in and you are excited."
Zach said was grateful senior co-coaches Neville Swayn and Jack Williams considered him ready for senior football after the effort he'd put in.
"I am working on my strength. The last couple of years I've been pretty scrawny, and still am, but I am trying to get stronger to hold my tackles," he said.
Swayn said Zach had the attributes to establish himself in the seniors.
"He has done huge pre-season and is the captain in the under 18s and has been super impressive in under 18s," he said.
"His work rate is terrific and he has been knocking down the door for three or four weeks now and this is him finally get rewarded."
The day will be a family affair for the Sinnotts.
Mum Berni, who is principal at Camperdown's Mercy Regional College, will go down the slide as part of the South West Big Freeze for Fight MND before the senior game.
"I will be warming up but I might have a quick look," Zach said. "It's for a good cause, so hopefully they get a good crowd."
Zach, who is in year 12 at his mum's school, is older brother to Hamish, 15, Isabelle, 11, and Abigail, 7.
Hamish plays with Zach in the Magpies' under 18 side which sits second on the ladder with a 6-2 win-loss record.
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