Name: Toby McLean
Draft: Pick 26 to Western Bulldogs in 2014
Debut: Round 10 2015
In just his third year of AFL football, Toby McLean is on the rise. He wears number 16 in the red, white and blue each weekend. McLean had a chat with Dscribe and talked all things footy.
On what it means to be a professional AFL player:
Well it’s something I have dreamt of doing my whole life so to get the opportunity to pursue my dream job means the world to me and I couldn’t be more grateful.
On preparing for game days, pre & post game:
I try to get as much sleep as I can, so I am well rested for the next day. I have a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated through the day leading up to the game. Post-game it is important to keep my fluids up again because of the weight that we lose after playing a game of football and making sure that we eat foods that contain protein and carbohydrates in them.
On what he is doing outside the football world:
When I am not at football I like to watch relax at home by doing things such as watching movies and TV.
On his career highlights since joining the Bulldogs:
One of my highlights was playing my first game, it was one of the more exciting parts of my career so far, not knowing what to expect, even though we lost that game it was still a great experience. Also, being a part of the 2016 premiership team was a massive highlight.
On what is what like being involved in the AFL Premiership:
It was one of the best days of my life, as a kid you dream about playing on the last day of the AFL Calendar and to be a part of that day was an unreal experience that I will never forget. especially as I was only 19 games into my career and only in my second year of being at the Bulldogs. I consider myself very lucky to go down in history as one of the 22 players that played that day.
On if he wasn’t playing AFL, what he would be doing:
All I ever wanted to do was play AFL all my life, so I honestly have no idea what I would be doing if I hadn’t had been drafted.
On handling online criticism:
I just ignore it really, their opinions aren’t the ones you listen to, it’s the people close to you that really matter so you just push the negatives aside.
On his biggest supports over the years:
My mother, my girlfriend and my overall family in general have been a great support for me and stick by me no matter what.
On his football idol and his non-football idol:
The people I looked up to the most is my mother and father. Dad taught me everything I needed to know about football growing up and mum taught me the life skills I need for every day.
On advice to kids wanting to play AFL:
Put in the hard work, have fun with your mates and if it’s meant to be it will be.
On if he was stranded on an island, what are the 5 things he would take:
Food, phone, bed, pillow, sunscreen.