Debutant Murray Newman says he got goosebumps after being swamped by West Coast teammates immediately after kicking his first AFL goal.
The 18-year-old was substituted into the game against Gold Coast at Patersons Stadium on Saturday about 15 minutes into the third quarter.
He squandered two early set shots at goal, but nailed his third attempt from 40m out in the dying stages of the term.
The major put West Coast 74 points up and prompted teammates to run to Newman in joyous celebration.
The teenager said it had been a good feeling to kick the goal.
“There were obviously a lot of nerves building up into it, but I really enjoyed myself and it was good to get out there with the boys,” he said.
Newman finished the game with 2.2 from 13 disposals to come close to matching the output of regular small forward Ashton Hams.
He said he now had to keep playing good footy to earn a consistent spot in the line-up.
The forward’s chances of playing against North Melbourne in Tasmania this Saturday remain up in the air, with Will Schofield (hamstring) and Adam Selwood (arm infection) both expected to be available.“I don’t know,” Newman said of his chances. "That’s up to the match committee. I have no idea, but I’d obviously love to play so we’ll see how we go.”
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