Richmond’s Jack Graham says he felt pure relief when the final siren went against Port Adelaide and he finished the match uninjured.
Graham was the Tigers’ hard luck story of 2019.
He injured his shoulder in the first quarter of the preliminary final win against Geelong and bravely returned to the field.
But the damage sustained meant he missed the team’s success against GWS a week later.
Now one year on, Graham has a shot at winning his second premiership.
“Yeah it was a bit of a relief when the siren’s gone and I was all in one piece compared to last year,” he said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“We knew it was going to be tough travelling over to Adelaide with the Port fans.
“It’s an amazing experience and the atmosphere over there is huge.
“It was good to get the reward on Friday night.”
While 2020 has been a tough year for many, Graham has plenty of reasons to smile.
The midfielder turned his back on rival interest to remain at Tigerland, reportedly for another four years.
Speaking about his contract negotiations, Graham said he never wanted to leave Punt Road.
“I never really had any intentions to leave,” he said.
“We’ve obviously got managers and that’s what managers are for.
“Once a deal was there and we were able to get it done, I was really keen to stay at Richmond and they obviously showed faith in me in selecting me.”