It's easy to block out the external praise of AFL legends when you're running around Pearce Oval trying to beat your younger brothers in a race or skills session.
That's where Tom Green spent most of the AFL's coronavirus shutdown, in the shadow of Mt Taylor on a suburban field in Canberra getting himself ready for the next step in his GWS Giants journey.
It paid off on Friday night, Green being recalled to the team for the second game of his career, kicking a crucial goal and starring in the final quarter of the Giants' tense win against Collingwood.
It lead to an avalanche of praise. Cameron Mooney said Green won the game for the Giants. Ben Dixon said the former Marist College student "saved" the game.
But none of that goes to your head after almost two months dueling with younger brothers Josh and Will.
"They don't see me as an AFL player and to be honest, I don't want them to. They do their best to keep me down to earth, which I appreciate." Green laughed on Saturday.
"You do your best to to keep it to skills, but when you're training with your brothers it always gets physical at some stage. There's certainly plenty of healthy competitiveness ... they make sure I hold myself accountable and that's how I want it.
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"We were just training together. We've been training at Pearce since we were younger, so we know the measurements around there. I had my program and they had theirs, just to stay fit and ready."
Green ended a three-month wait for the second game of his career when he was recalled by Giants coach Leon Cameron for the round-four match.
The Giants held their nerve late in the contest, securing a 10.6 (66) to 9.10 (64) win as a crucial boost for their season.
The Giants hadn't tasted victory since the opening round back on March 27, when Green made his debut and instantly set tags wagging. His rising star shone even brighter against Collingwood.
The 19-year-old finished the game with 18 disposal, a Giants-high 12 contested possessions, seven clearances and six score involvements.
The Giants took Green with pick No. 10 in the draft last year after he emerged as the best contested ball-winning junior in Australia.
Now he wants to keep his place in the team after getting another taste and help last year's grand finalists the Giants build momentum.
"We've got good momentum for the team and it's nice to contribute pretty well. It gives you confidence going into next week, hopefully I can play pretty well against Hawthorn," Green said.
"I just had to keep putting my case forward to get my opportunity, and I got that [against Collingwood]. I love the close, tense moments. You love watching them at home, but you love even more to play in them.
"To contribute in those moments was fun, I really relish that sort of stuff. I loved being involved in a tight contest and was really excited when stuff was going well for us.
"The last couple of weeks we put in a couple of performances that aren't the way we want to play. It was nice to get back on track a bit and play a brand of footy we can be proud of."
GWS will be without veteran defender Phil Davis for the clash against Hawthorn, while hamstrung teammate Zac Williams could also be set for another stint on the sidelines.
Davis and Williams both suffered hamstring injuries in the third quarter of the Giants' gutsy two-point win, putting Davis in doubt for next week while coach Leon Cameron was more upbeat about Williams.
"We wait and see. Hopefully it's only a couple of weeks (that Davis misses)," Cameron told reporters.
"He was terrific up until he hurt his hammy, he really led the back line. It's not a big one. Zac is more tight at the moment, so we're fingers crossed ... we didn't want to take a risk."
Williams returned from an achilles injury in round two against North Melbourne, while he was also one of the Giants' most influential players against Collingwood before his setback.
"Hopefully we can get him up and ready for next week but we'll find out in the next 48 hours," Cameron said.
Cameron was full of praise for the way his side, reeling from upset losses to the Kangaroos and Western Bulldogs, found form and dug deep despite being down on rotations.
"To find a way with a couple down in the last quarter was really pleasing," he said.
"Everyone's going to ebb and flow in this competition. We see sides win a couple in a row or lose a couple in a row. We still need to get to work on some areas."