I still remember Chimp’s U18 highlights reel. Looked like such a low key, classy Brownlow medallist in waiting.
It was at a time when Richmond fans kind of had a messiah complex. Trent never fed into that, and compared to our other hopeful elite draft picks at the time like Deledio, he just came across very differently in his interviews. I didn’t pay enough attention to it at the time, but in hindsight Trent’s quality of character was always evident to those who knew what they were looking for. I’m sure there’s plenty of posters on here who saw it.
His highlights reel (which used to be on PRE until the AFL put an end to that) showed him as smooth, smart, head over the ball, putting teammates into space from congestion, drawing the opponent when handballing (which was a foreign concept to Richmond teams at the time), etc.
There was an abundance of class and confidence without the personal ego we grew accustomed to with the usual draft hopefuls.
Sometime in the future, another player will come to Richmond with similar traits. When they do, he’s not going to wear the #9 out of club tradition, but he probably will receive some form of mentorship from Trent in some capacity. Hopefully the wait isn’t as long as it was for Trent’s class of mentors.
Annnd yes, it’s a few years too soon to be looking that far ahead .....
Good stuff, Kid
Captain Crunch, the Brownlow Medalist, and THREE-TIME PREMIERSHIP CAPTAIN.
That's all I've got to add.