Giant player Josh Bruce, centre. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
He kicked the historic first goal for Greater Western Sydney in Canberra on his AFL debut, but had to wait more than 15 months to experience his first AFL win.
Now Canberra's Josh Bruce is determined the Giants don't finish last. Bruce said the Giants have targeted their last-round clash against the Suns, on the Gold Coast, as the best chance to leapfrog Melbourne Demons and avoid consecutive wooden spoons.
The Giants beat the Demons by 37 points on Saturday, one day shy of a year since their last victory - against Port Adelaide.
The Giants have a superior percentage to the Demons and could potentially move past Melbourne with another win in the final four rounds, which include matches against Carlton, Brisbane, Richmond and the Suns.
''It was one of the best moments of my life, being part of the first win for this year,'' Bruce said. ''We're hopefully not stopping there, we're aiming to get another one in the next four rounds. Hopefully [Melbourne] stay on eight points and we can steal another win possibly against the Gold Coast in the last round. That'd be a great way to finish the season. We're a chance if we play the kind of footy we've been playing in the last month.''
Dropped to the reserves after a round 12 pounding by Port Adelaide, Bruce has responded to his AFL recall with three straight games.
While time with the Giants' dominant reserves team gave him a head start to learning the lyrics of the club's song, he hopes to be able to sing it for more years to come. ''It was so fantastic to unite as a club. That win rates personally a lot higher than that day in Canberra,'' Bruce said.