JORDAN Clark isn’t getting carried away with his Rising Star nomination; instead, Geelong young gun Jordan Clark is focused on being part of the Cats’ push for their first premiership in eight years.
The 18-year-old, whose maturity belies his tender age, knows there is still plenty of work to be done.
“I don’t think about trying to get one,” Clark, who earned the Round 15 Rising Star nomination after posting a career-high 21 possessions in the win over Adelaide at GMHBA Stadium on Friday night, said.
“There’s a long way to go in the season and bigger things to do, and a lot more reward at the end of the season if everything goes right for us.
“So, there’s a big focus on the rest of the year.”
Taken with pick No.15 – Geelong’s first – in last year’s National Draft from WAFL club Claremont, Clark overcame a restricted pre-season after a bout of glandular fever to appear in the JLT Series matches against West Coast and Essendon.
That was enough to convince coach Chris Scott and his match committee that he wouldn’t be overawed in making his debut against 2018 runner-up Collingwood in front of more than 80,000 people at the MCG in Round 1.
Clark has played 13 of a possible 14 matches, having been rested from the Round 6 clash with West Coast.
“It’s gone so quick,” he said.
“I was hoping at the start of the year if I just get a couple (of games) this year, I’d be happy.
“To play as many I have is certainly very exciting, and it makes me sit back and think how lucky I am, and how hard I’ve worked to get to this point.”