Stewart Kraks In

 

Subiaco defender Nathan Stewart admits he had doubts as to whether he would ever make his WAFL debut after two and a half fruitless seasons in the system.

The 24 year-old’s persistence finally paid off when he was selected in the 22 to take on reigning premiers West Perth last weekend.

“I found out I was playing on Thursday night.

“Schoey just pretty much said it’s your first game so just do what you do best and shut down your forward.” Stewart said.

Stewart’s first task as a senior footballer was to shut down Swan Districts premiership star and former Richmond and Collingwood player Andrew Krakouer.

“It was a bit nerve racking at the start of the game but once I got into it you just sort of play footy, it was a hard task but it was enjoyable.” Stewart said.

Coming off six goals in his previous two games, the 2010 Sandover medalist was held to just one major.

Stewart admits lining up on a player of Krakouer’s class is a valuable experience for any defender let alone a first gamer.

“I noticed how smart he was with his running, he didn’t run a huge amount but he knew exactly when to go and the right places to run to, he didn’t just go running around chasing kicks.” Stewart said.

Stewart was whiskers away from making his senior debut last season before an ankle injury left him sidelined for several weeks.

“There were a couple of times there when I wondered if it was ever going to happened and obviously being cut from Claremont a couple of times it was good to finally get a game in the end.” He said.

In 2008 and again in 2010 Stewart was told by the Claremont Football Club that his services weren’t required.

The rebounding defender will be out to prove a point when the Lions take on the Tigers in Monday’s WA Day fixture at the Claremont Show Grounds.

Bounce down is at 2:05 pm.

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