The closest Callan Ward has come to an AFL premiership is watching helplessly as Richmond tore his GWS teammates aside within the 2019 grand closing.
It is no shock that because the 31-year-old prepares for his 250th recreation – additionally towards the Tigers on the MCG – he has one large aim left in his enjoying profession.
“I am not happy in any respect, no. Clearly all of us play for premierships, for group success,” the midfielder mentioned.
“Yearly I watch groups play within the grand closing and I believe ‘I want that was me,’ so unhealthy.
“I am 15 years in now and I suppose the primary cause for coming to the Giants was I used to be assured we may play in a premiership – I nonetheless am.
“However till I can win a premiership, I undoubtedly will not be happy.”
Ward was recovering from the knee reconstruction that ruined his 2019 season when he watched Richmond limit the Giants to only three targets in good situations and win the grand closing by 89 factors.
The Giants are perennial finalists, however the growth group hasn’t fairly been in a position to give itself one other shot at a flag.
It is not for need of making an attempt, particularly from the previous GWS co-captain.
After solely managing seven video games in 2020, he performed 24 final season to show the doubters flawed.
“Externally, I in all probability received questioned slightly bit, so it is at all times good while you come again and play some good soccer,” he mentioned.
Ward mentioned former Essendon nice James Hird, who’s with the Giants as a part-time mentor, has had a big influence on their mindset as they goal for his or her first flag.
“The whole lot we do, proper now, each coaching session we have now and each assembly we have now is predicated on enjoying on grand-final day and successful on grand-final day,” he mentioned.
“It is the last word achievement … it is one thing I take into consideration loads, one thing I dream about.
“He (Hird) speaks loads about being world class, coaching world class, making ready for a grand closing – that is how it’s best to go about each session.
“So after I talk about consistency, plenty of that comes from Hirdy as a result of when he was at his greatest his consistency was so good he was unstoppable.”
For all of the craving about that elusive flag, Ward admits to satisfaction about reaching 250 video games.
“AFL is so onerous and that is why enjoying 250 video games is a giant factor for me as a result of you know the way onerous it’s to play one recreation, not to mention 250 of them,” he mentioned.
Ward is the Giants’ video games report holder with 189 and likewise performed 60 for the Western Bulldogs earlier than becoming a member of the growth membership as certainly one of its basis gamers.