Booming left-footed Lion Keidean Coleman has addressed his Collingwood allegiance ahead of the Lions' Grand Final meeting with the Magpies this Saturday.
Coleman's Lions progressed to the game's biggest stage last Saturday, running over the top of a spirited Carlton side that burst out of the blocks at the Gabba.
While Coleman is ingrained in Chris Fagan's damaging Brisbane half-backline, the long-kicking rebounder was once strongly aligned with the Lions' Saturday opponents.
The 23-year-old grew up supporting Collingwood, and upon his entrance to the big leagues in Round 15, 2020, faced a matchup against his once-beloved Magpies.
"I was a Collingwood supporter and I debuted against Collingwood," Coleman reflected on Monday at Brisbane's Springfield training base.
"I remember my debut game, running out against Scotty Pendlebury was surreal.
"It's pretty ironic and pretty weird to think that I'm playing a granny against Collingwood, the team I grew up supporting."
Coleman was arguably best afield last Saturday, showcasing his incisive disposal use by foot as he played an integral part in kickstarting Brisbane's scoring chains.
The Northern Territory native registered an equal-game-high seven score involvements to go along with 21 disposals, ten marks, four tackles, five rebound-50s, and 627 metres gained against Carlton.
"It was just one of those nights where the ball fell in my hands and I was able to use it by foot and open the game up," Coleman said, reviewing his illuminating performance against the Blues.
"I do feel a bit nervous, I do get a bit anxious. That's when I play my best footy … when I play on instinct.
"It hasn't hit me yet. We're into a Grand Final, which is exciting, and I'm excited for the week ahead."
The first bounce of Saturday's Grand Final is scheduled for 2:30 PM (AEST).