JONATHON Patton is the type of player that a club can be built around.
Weighing in at 95kg and 197cm, the Greater Western Sydney Giants picked him at No.1 in the 2011 AFL draft.
Despite the hype, however, the 19-year-old's move to Sydney was not smooth, a knee injury delayed his debut until round 12.
"The off-season was pretty frustrating obviously for me with knee surgery," he said.
"There were a few long days at the gym doing a lot of boxing and bike . . . just to keep myself fit.
"I was just aiming towards my goal of playing an AFL game and it finally happened."
In his first game Patton showed a few glimpses that justified his tag as the No.1 pick — using his massive frame to take four strong marks, seven disposals and a goal.
Not that he was satisfied.
"I thought I could have done a few more things," he said.
Much pressure is placed on top draft picks: expectations are high.
But the move to Sydney has offered Patton the chance to escape the Aussie rules-mad Melbourne — and it is something that he is relishing.
"I was stoked to be called out to go to Sydney," he said.
"It's pretty impressive where we are at Breakfast Point and you couldn't ask for much better to set up your career.
"Blacktown is a big facility and out at Homebush next year will be an awesome facility for us."