Hugh McCluggage makes use of the 2020 AFL season suspension (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) by helping on his family's dairy farm during a busy time of the year.
"We knocked a few trees over and made a few loads for the wood fire in the house. That usually happens this time of the year when we cut all the wood and stack the tanks full," he said.
"We've been doing a bit of that, and karting a bit of water around. And then there's a bit of milking that happens as well. If any of the workers can't get there we'll pop over and help out as well.
"Dad's calving at the moment so all the cows are having their babies, so there's a lot to be done there. You have to get them in and look after the babies when they have them, feed a lot of cows around the dairy with grain, and all that sort of thing. It's flat out. There's always something for us to do."
So far in 2019, Hugh McCluggage has averaged 22 touches from 13 games, and most impressively kicked 15 goals, making him one of just 10 players in the competition to average 20 touches and a goal a game.
"The last couple of years I've had the shots, but I haven't been kicking them. Obviously, I've had a few more this year but it comes with, one, the ability to get to more contests, and two, the ability to finish off my work," he said.
"You get to know when you can sniff out an opportunity and also you earn the trust of your teammates. The first couple of years I was trying to earn that and this year the boys give it to me a little more, which is nice."
Hugh McCluggage admits he is still pinching himself at the prospect of being the highest-selected player in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.
"It's a bit of a shock and it's happened really quickly," McCluggage said.
"At the start of the year I was just hoping to play consistent footy for North Ballarat and then I was lucky enough to get into the Vic (Country) side… so I just tried to play as well as I could for every team that I played for."
Brisbane Lions list manager Peter Schwab said he would be ecstatic if McCluggage were to slip through to the club's pick (No.2 overall) in the draft.
"He's a talented player. He can play in the midfield, can go forward and kick goals and is a nicely balanced player," Schwab said of McCluggage.
"He just knows how to play. The first thing you look at, with any game of football, is what’s the talent (level)? He’s a high-end talent. He certainly possesses that aspect."