New recruit Jack Ginnivan has labelled his move to Hawthorn as “a dream come true”.
It comes after Hawthorn swooped on the premiership forward after striking a trade deal with Collingwood on the final day of the Continental AFL Tyres Trade Period.
Speaking on his first day at Bunjil Bagora on Thursday, Ginnivan – who has supported the club since he was a kid – reflected on his earlier days as a Hawks fan.
“I used to barrack for them since I was a little kid, so it’s such a dream come true for me,” Ginnivan said.
“One of my favourite players was Sam Mitchell, I grew up watching him and had his number on my back.
“These are the things you dream of as a little kid, so for it to now happen is so special.”
Hawthorn’s young list and attacking game style is something that the electric small forward is excited to be a part of.
“The young core group here, and just the excitement the boys play with – they’re always fast and moving the footy forward,” Ginnivan added.
“People like Changkuoth Jiath and Dylan Moore are so exciting to watch and it’s going to be so great to be a part of.
“Luke Breust was one of my idols as well since I was little, I always wanted to play like him. I used to copy his goal-style routine, so it will be great to stand by him in the forward line.
“If Mitch Lewis isn’t marking them, hopefully he can bring them to ground and I can kick a couple of goals from a few crumbs.”
At just 20 years of age, Ginnivan arrives to the club as a premiership player, having just tasted the ultimate success with the Pies late last month.
“It was a pretty crazy time. It was such a great achievement with all my mates back there and a memory I cherish forever – it was such a special day to be a part of.
“I’ve only had two weeks off so I’m still a little bit in vacation mode, but I’m super excited to come back.
“It’s always good when you’re training in the sun, and it will be great to meet everyone.”
Watch the full interview with Ginnivan below.