Liam McBean says he has shed his 'project player' attitude and is ready to make his mark if given the chance to appear at the pointy end of the season.
McBean has been building a strong case in the VFL for a senior debut, kicking 20 goals in the past five matches to lead the goalkicking in the state league with 33.
"Last year when I got drafted I didn't have many expectations to put my hand up to play; I had the mentality of being a project player and taking longer to develop," McBean said.
"But after about round 12, 'Choco' (senior development coach Mark Williams) pulled me into his office and said, 'They're thinking of playing you; you better get yourself ready and start believing you're ready to go'.
"Obviously big guys take time, but from that point onwards I really decided I'm not going to be that sort of player.
"I don't want to have that mindset that it doesn't matter if I don't play this year, because I'm as eager as anyone to get out there and pull on the Richmond jumper."