Hawthorn draftee Changkuoth Jiath has received a glowing endorsement from a former triple-premiership Hawk.
Jiath, known more commonly as ‘CJ’, is currently being hosted by Russell Greene, a three-time flag-winner and 300-game player for both the Hawks and St Kilda, who gave CJ a big wrap when speaking to SEN on Wednesday morning.
“He’s fantastic,” Greene told SEN Breakfast.
“A really respectful young young man.
"I cant speak highly enough of him, he’s absolutely fantastic.”
Recruited by the Hawks via December’s Rookie Draft as a Next Generation Academy selection, Jiath excited through the preseason as he showed off his endurance and high marking ability but has been sidelined after suffering groin tightness in VFL side Box Hill’s first practice match.
Greene, whose son Steven also played 42 games for the Hawks between 2001 and 2005, said that he was still adjusting to the amount of intake required by an AFL player since CJ’s arrival.
“All the kids have left home and I have been cooking for two but now I cook for four – can he eat!” Greene said.