A stack of love for Sydney at Richmond


“It was nothing big, I just rocked up late on the track and got sprayed … it was nothing major … he said sorry later so that made up for it,” he chuckled.

“I’m still working on my professionalism and the older, more senior guys are helping me with that and that’s one of the key things I’m working on at the moment.

“‘Dimma’ gained my trust pretty quickly.

“Once I came to his house he made me feel welcome. He and the family were great, it was terrific of him to take me in like that.”

Stack conceded he’s already gained a reputation in the locker room for constantly annoying and agitating his teammates and coaches, joking that his personality has always tended to exasperate people.

“I annoy everyone at the club, Dimma is probably one of the main ones. I just love annoying people, so that’s just me I guess,” Stack smiled.

“Nick Vlastuin as well. He gets pretty cranky in the gym, I do it to him quite a bit.”

At just 179cm and 72 kilograms, the electric Stack has already become somewhat of a cult figure at Punt Road, despite being overlooked in November’s draft.

The 19-year-old endured a difficult upbringing in Western Australia, and the lack of stability on the home front made him a riskier proposition for recruiting clubs.

But the Tigers gave him a chance and he stayed with the Hardwicks before being handed a spot on the rookie list in the pre-season supplemental selection period.

Stack says the club has embraced him for who he is and they haven’t tried to dilute his naturally vivacious personality.

“Just being yourself, the boys really make you feel that comfortable and let you open up to the club,” Stack said.

“It’s a terrific experience, it’s great to have the opportunity for the club to take me in and I’m just embracing it.”

Sam McClure won the Clinton Grybas rising star award at the AFL media association awards in 2015.

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