Sydney Stack is the 2019 round 11 AFL Rising Star nominee after an impressive start to his career as a Tiger.
Stack is already a cult figure among the Richmond faithful but doesn't quite know what to make of it.
"I try not to think about that stuff. It's all happened so fast. It's weird. I don't look too far ahead because I still don't think it's hit me that I'm actually an AFL player," Stack said.
"It's a busy life but nothing's going to change – my personality's going to stay the same, I'll always stay connected with my family and my culture, and I'll always try to stay grounded."
During the Dreamtime at the 'G clash with Essendon in round 10, Stack led a group of traditionally dressed Aboriginals in an animated dance towards the enemy.
"Culture is everything to me. I'm a Noongar man and I want to be a role model for my people back home," Stack said.
"Aboriginal boys all have a strength – you either dance, you play didgeridoo or you paint or do some art, and my strength is dancing in my culture.
"I was very proud to dance that night, and it's terrific that the AFL and the clubs allowed it to happen."