Recruiters are raving about Tarryn Thomas being Tasmania's best footballing export in more than a decade, but the teenager is taking the hype in his stride.
Fresh from winning the Harrison Medal as the best player in the under-18 Academy series, the classy midfielder will next month play for the Allies at the division national carnival.
Thomas is eligible to join North Melbourne at this year's NAB AFL Draft through its Next Generation Academy, and rivals expect the Roos to have to match a bid inside the top 10 for him. Some scouts have him ranked as a top-three pick.
"It started three years ago and when I'm over in Melbourne I can train with them or hang out with them. When they play in Tasmania they get me tickets and I can get into the change rooms and see how they go about their business," Thomas said.
"They're actually going all right and I'm liking how they play. When I go into the rooms it's an unreal feeling being around the boys with their intensity and how they talk as they get ready."