A decision to move away to boarding school helped prepare Brent Daniels for his move to Sydney after the GIANTS selected him in 2017.
Daniels, pick 27 in that year’s national draft, moved from Swan Hill into the Geelong Grammar boarding house for his final two years of school.
A talented junior footballer and cricketer, spending hours on the road each week had started to take a toll for Daniels and his family.
The small forward discusses the move in the latest episode of Becoming GIANT, presented by Bingo Industries.
“The travel was the biggest factor. I remember when I was about 15 or 16 I used to play two games of footy, sometimes three, then I’d have to travel to Melbourne to do a cricket trial or match,” Daniels said.
“If I had to keep doing that it probably would have got a little bit too much, so between myself and my parents we thought going away to school would probably be the best option.
“I loved boarding school, it was a really good experience for me to move away from home and learn a few skills and fend for myself a little bit.
“You get to meet a lot of different people and I reckon that holds you in pretty good stead when you come to a footy club because there’s so many people and they have different interests and like different things.
“I think it’s really helped me develop relationships with people at the club.”
Daniels is one of a number of GIANTS to have told the story behind their move to the club on Becoming GIANT.
Sam Reid and Callan Ward will reflect on their decision to sign on as uncontracted players ahead of the club's inaugural season in upcoming episodes.