Richmond star Dustin Martin is a man of few words but admits he is relieved he got his Brownlow Medal victory out of the way so he can concentrate on this Saturday’s grand final against the Adelaide Crows.
Martin polled a record-breaking 36 votes to claim the game’s biggest individual accolade on Monday.
Richmond look to claim its first premiership since 1980 but to do it, they will have to down the Crows who finished first on the ladder.
The two teams had only met once this year, as Richmond lost by 76-points in Round 6 at the Adelaide Oval.
Martin has received plaudits for his performances this year, but after taking Charlie home he said he had bigger fish to fry on Saturday.
“I was pretty nervous, now I can just concentrate on footy which is good,” Martin said this morning.
“It’s very surreal and it’s a very awesome position to be in… It’d be very nice (to have a premiership and Brownlow) so hopefully it goes well.
“We’ve worked extremely hard together, we’ve given ourselves the best opportunity so we’re just looking forward to it.
“When we made the top four it (the mentality) was ‘why not, why can’t it be us?’.”
Martin also said his team will not be intimated by the Crows’ stance which they showed during the national anthem in the first two finals.
The stance has seen the Adelaide players spaced apart staring at the opposition, waiting for their opponents to break away first once the anthem ends.
“I don’t think it will be intimidating, once the ball is bounced we’ll just worry about winning the footy,” he said.
“That’s the plan, so it won’t bother us.”
The 26-year-old also paid tribute to his teammates and his family, describing it as a “surreal” feeling.
Martin also said former Collingwood star and Brownlow Medalist Dane Swan was quick to get in contact with hm.
“I had a few missed calls from Swanny from about 5am,” he joked.
“I’ve had a lot of messages and support which has been good. I really do love these boys and I’m just grateful to be at this footy club with such great people.
“I’ll probably give the Brownlow to mum and she can keep it at her place I reckon… Gave dad a ring straight away, he’s super proud.
“I think the improvement of all my teammates and whole team has certainly helped me get better. I just put it down to the rest of the guys.”