Colac Tigers football champion Tyson Hay says he had an inkling that Kane Leersen was set for a bright future at the club when he debuted in 2007.
Hay said it was rare to see a young player so quick to have an impact at Geelong Football League senior level, quickly cementing his place in the side and playing a key role in the Tigers’ grand final side the following year.
Fast forward 10 years and Hay said Leersen was on track to go down as one of the club’s all-time greats.
He won the first of two Ted Parker Medals as a 20-year-old in 2010, starred in the Tigers’ maiden GFL flag in 2014, and has become a lock in the league’s interleague side the past four years.
Leersen, now the club’s senior coach, will notch up his 200th senior game when the Tigers take on reigning premier St Josephs on Saturday.
Hay, who coached Leersen in 2009 and ‘10, still remembers Leersen stepping into the senior ranks back in 2007.
“I remember a young kid who came in and had an impact straight away,” Hay said.
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