Gun Lions youngster Keidean Coleman is finding it hard to believe that just five games into his AFL career he’s a win away from playing in a Grand Final.
The 20-year-old Northern Territory product debuted for the Lions in their Round 15 eight-point win over Collingwood, and has held on to his spot with some polished displays that have defied his inexperience.
The pressure forward’s bruising defence in last Friday night’s qualifying final was a key turning point in Brisbane’s win over Richmond.
The victory earnt the Lions a preliminary final date with either Geelong or Collingwood.
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“I was actually thinking about that the other day,” Coleman said.
“I was just sitting on the couch watching another finals footy game … I wouldn’t expect myself to be in the position where I am now.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity, especially for the coach (Chris Fagan) to give me a chance. It’s a dream come true.”
Coleman said he tried to keep things simple on the field.
“I’m pretty happy with my role in the team. I’m not really doing anything spectacular,” he said.
“I just come and do the one percenters, tackle … play my role, which is what I want to do and then hopefully ‘Fages’ (Fagan) is happy with my performances each game and I can just build on that game to game.”
Coleman prides himself on his tackling, which hurt the Tigers on Friday night.
“I just wanted to put that tackle pressure on because they like to exit through the back,” he said.
“I wanted to lay a few tackles on to get me warmed up and settle into the game.
“I always liked to tackle in junior footy. I’m not the biggest bloke out there and there’s a few big AFL footy players out there, so I just try to bring them to ground and whatever happens from there happens.”