Port Adelaide player Tom Rockliff has revealed the struggles of breaking into the Power’s best 22.
In his debut season, Rockliff was dropped after four games with an average of 12 touches and couldn’t seem to get his body right as he was restricted due to a niggling calf injury, according to SEN.
Former St Kilda champion Brendan Goddard gave the former Lion some advice that triggered something in his mind.
“It was actually post the Essendon game and it was a comment that Brendan Goddard made to me after the game,” Rockliff told SEN on Thursday.
“He had a bit of a go at me and said: ‘You play your best when you go and get it; you just see the ball and go and get it.”
“Something just triggered in my mind and then obviously I had a couple of weeks back in the SANFL and came back into the senior team.”
The stern word from Goddard proved to be the catalyst for Rockliff as he made his way back into the side and found some form along the way.
This also transpired to him getting his 2019 season off to a flyer, averaging 40.5 touches and six score involvements a game.
The Power will travel up north to take on Rockliff’s old side in Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.