Well-connected youngster Jake Barrett is being sought by the Giants. Photo: Jon Reid
Jake Barrett will need to get used to comparisons with Swans star Kieren Jack after Greater Western Sydney said on Friday it would put him on its senior list for the next two years at the AFL draft.
Barrett and Jack have famous rugby league names - Barrett is a second cousin of Trent Barrett, while Jack is the son of Garry Jack.
With the AFL and NRL waging war to lure the best young talent to their respective codes, the AFL will use Barrett's story, like Jack's, as a small victory.
GWS joins the Swans in having a win in the war on league.
But Barrett also has links to the AFL. Another second cousin is Luke Breust, who helped Hawthorn to an 11th flag last weekend.
When asked if he was ready for the comparisons with Jack, Barrett was humbled.
''I guess it's sort of similar,'' he said. ''Obviously he's a great player and I wouldn't mind turning out like him, playing that many first-grade games already.
''His story's a good story as well and hopefully I can achieve as much as him.''
The Temora product clearly comes from a talented family.
Another cousin, Joe Stimson, has signed with the Melbourne Storm under-20s for next year.
Excitement isn't normally an emotion associated with the end of a beep test, but that's exactly what Barrett felt after doing his at the AFL draft combine in Melbourne.
Straight after finishing the test he got a call from GWS academy manager Lachlan Buszard, who said they needed to have a chat.
Barrett came through the Giants academy system.
''Busz rang me up and said, 'can you come up for a quick 10 minutes, we'd just like to have a chat with you','' he said. ''So I went up there and that's when they said they'd like me to come to the club.
''I just couldn't believe it, it was such a shock. It's a great feeling.
''After a beep test you're buggered, but it was good.''