Aidan Corr thinks it’s time.
He wants to stop relying on Phil Davis to organise things in the backline each week.
He wants to stop needing Heath Shaw to work out the match-ups and put players in position.
In season eight, with 98 games under his belt, Corr has felt the game start to slow down a little around him.
While an ankle injury has held him up, he feels ready to take more responsibility for how the backline sets up and operates.
“I think it’s probably about time. I probably should have done it a year or two ago, really take the next step and be a dominant figure down there,” said Corr in the latest episode of Becoming GIANT, presented by Bingo Industries.
“Not relying on Phil to set up – I can do that. Not relying on Shawry to put us in good spots – I can do that, I know the game plan.
“You want to be one of the best defenders in the comp, and for me, being that is just being a better team player.
“I think it’s now or never, really. This is when key defenders get in their prime, around this age. My body is good, now it’s time to really start taking it to those big key forwards.”
Corr was drafted as a first-round pick in 2012 but it wasn’t until his third or fourth year that he felt he could truly be himself around the club.
He said it was this year, after some injury-interrupted seasons, that he had felt things start to come together on the field for him too.
“They say around the 100th mark you start feeling comfortable in the AFL, and everything sort of slows down for you,” Corr said.
“That’s how I’ve found this year, I’ve found the game has slowed down a little bit and that I’m seeing it better.
“I’m asking questions in meetings I wouldn’t have thought in a million years I’d ask, because I’m just seeing things better.
“I’m seeing things happen in the game in my head, before it happens. And I still haven’t hit the 100-game mark, so hopefully it slows down even more.”
Corr was born in northern Ireland, and in the podcast tells the story of how his family made its way to Perth and then Melbourne when he was a little boy.
He talks about the experience of his older brother Cathal, who had a brief stint as a St Kilda rookie before being delisted.
He also describes his early days living at Breakfast Point, and the bond his parents have built with other GIANTS players’ parents over the years.
“The relationship the parents have built up here in Sydney is incredible,” he said.
“It’s all off the back of the club setting things up, getting all the parents into The Palace, which everyone knows is the local pub next to Brekky Point.
“They just did it really well, and I think they put everyone at ease and that’s probably why we’ve signed so many boys.
“It’s just easy. My parents have made some great mates up here, which is so nice to see.”