Tanner Bruhn has been picking the brain of goal-kicking wizards Toby Greene and Steve Johnson as he seeks to help GWS secure a win on AFL debut.
Bruhn, taken with pick No.12 in last year's draft, shapes as a pivotal piece of GWS's new-look forward line that has its first test on Sunday against St Kilda at Giants Stadium.
The Victorian's stone-cold reaction on draft night made headlines; and now makes him laugh.
Bruhn's actual first impression at the club was as a young footballer who showed professionalism beyond his years while asking a stack of questions, including a polite inquiry to coach Leon Cameron.
The teenager, having hardly played in the past two years because of a knee injury and the COVID-19 pandemic, asked Cameron how he could debut in round one.
Cameron made it clear that Bruhn was unlikely to break into a star-studded midfield, so his best hope was in a forward line weakened by the departure of 2019 Coleman medallist Jeremy Cameron.
Bruhn kept his head down and ears open.
Vice-captain Greene and veteran Matt de Boer took the youngster under their wing, while assistant coach Johnson taught him plenty of tricks.
The hard work helped Bruhn boot four goals in a preseason clash with Sydney.
It was an eye-catching performance that prompted Cameron to liken the youngster to Greene - and all but lock him in for a round-one debut.
"I've got a bit to go and a bit to show until I get to Toby's level, but obviously it's a nice compliment," Bruhn said.
"We've both got the same sort of ferocity over the ball and put our heads over it.
"He's been super for me ... I've been doing a lot of vision with Toby lately.
"Working pretty closely with Stevie (Johnson) ... (and) Matt de Boer.
"I'm very lucky to be learning off the calibre of those guys."
Greene quipped that Bruhn is "a bit more sensible than I was at age 18".
"He's just willing to learn, he's got all the attributes to be a really good player," Greene said.
Bruhn can't wait for what will be his first competitive match since the 2019 AFL grand final, when he played in an under-age curtain raiser.
"It's one of the things I spoke to my dad about when I told him I was debuting, that it's been such a long time," he said.
"I'm very grateful for the people that have helped me."