DESPITE it not being the ideal way to found out his dream had been realised, nothing could dampen the spirits of Sam Ramsay on Thursday night.
It had been a nervous wait for the Calder Cannons graduate, having to wait over 24 hours from the beginning of the draft to hear his name called.
It finally came with pick No.47, as Ramsay officially became a Blue.
However, while Steve Hocking announced his name at Marvel Stadium, Ramsay was informed a different way.
“My TV was a little bit delayed and a couple of mates had sent me the message saying ‘well done’: I hadn’t seen my name actually read out yet,” Ramsay told Carlton Media.
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“It was a bit bittersweet but it was amazing.
“A dream come true. I’ve been waiting a long time for this moment.”
Back home in Gisborne, Ramsay admitted “there were a few tears” from Mum and Dad, with the 18-year-old keeping it local by staying in Melbourne.
It was Ramsay’s final two months which stood out above the rest, producing a purple patch for the Calder Cannons and averaging over 30 disposals a game.
Achieving the most success in an inside midfield role, Ramsay believes that where he will play his best football going forward in Navy Blue.
“I had to put up performances that they couldn’t ignore… at the end of the day, that’s what got me here,” he said.
“To start off, I’m quite skinny so I’ll need to put on a bit of weight. At the start of my career, I see myself playing in a half-forward, wing or outside role.
“I definitely see myself playing my best footy on the inside.”
Looking at the likes of Collingwood’s Adam Treloar, Ramsay has already got stuck in to pre-season training at Ikon Park, with the first training session taking place on Friday.
Seeing the way his new teammates finished the 2019 season, he’s got big hopes for the future.
“The Club is definitely heading in the right direction,” he said.
“The back end of the year showed that: to be a part of that is really exciting.
“There are a lot of people back home that are Blues supporters. To be playing here is amazing.”