Grateful Garcia's Debut

James Garcia admits he felt lucky to make his league debut ahead of consistent reserves performers Simon Moore and Michael Genovese.

Garcia made his debut on Saturday against Swan Districts after three games in the reserves.

The half-forward flanker gathered 18 touches, which included 12 kicks and six marks.

"I was definitely nervous to say the least," Garcia said. 

"It was good to get the opportunity, I was very grateful for it. I thought with guys like Simon Moore and Michael Genovese knocking on the door I was very lucky to get a game but I just took my opportunity."

Garcia spent three seasons in the colts system where he played a mixture of the high half-forward role he played on the weekend and some time in the midfield.

His senior career likely to mirror that path of that in the colts. He is expected to spend the infancy of his career in the half forward role before developing into a League midfielder.

"Just to play that half forward role, that lead up role as well with Jack Anthony isolated in the forward fifty to just push up and then work back as well," Garcia said.

 The Sorrento-Duncraig product has been one of a many Colts graduates who have made the step up to senior football in 2012.

Former Colts teammate Chris Deluca made the jump straight from colts to league football in round 8.

Several others have spent time training with the senior team but remained playing in the colts system. Dom Sheed, Alex Sheed, William Featherstonaugh, Dylan Clarke and Cameron Wohiling have all been training with the senior team.  

Garcia said this transition program helped him make the adjustment to senior football.

"I thought the reserved allowed me to adapt better," he said.

"It was definitely a lot quicker than the colts and reserves, just that two leg running, my defender just kept on bolting so I had to chase and defend and then try to work hard attacking as well as the bigger bodies as well."

Garcia said the timing was right for him to make the jump.

"I think I played about 48 or 50 colts games."

"But I reckon it was the right time because last year I got injured and coming back from injury I don't reckon I was right to play senior footy after two injured hands in that season."

"I definitely want to play a few more league games, play a few more games up there and just finish off the season strongly."




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