BIG man Marc Pittonet is having more fun than ever in Navy Blue.
The first-year Blue has wasted no time making an impact in the year like no other, playing 10 games so far in Carlton’s 2020 campaign.
Taking his chance to prove himself at senior level, Pittonet spoke on the opportunity to reinvigorate his career as a Blue on SEN on Thursday afternoon.
“I think you’d be hard pressed to find many more players who get more enjoyment from playing every single week,” Pittonet said.
“I’m like a little kid every time I play to be honest. I might not look it, but I’m having a lot of fun out there.”
Pittonet made the move to Ikon Park after five years with Hawthorn at the end of 2019, with the ruckman hopeful a fresh start would lead to an opportunity at the highest level after seven career games.
It’s been clear for everyone that Pittonet has taken that opportunity with both hands.
“Carlton’s selling point was, we’re not guaranteeing you a game, but if you come in, you work hard, you perform and you earn the respect of the group then you’re probably going to get around six to eight to 10 games. Then it’s up to you what you do with that,” he said.
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“To have so many games in a row, just that one off which I missed a couple of weeks ago, meant that I could implement and learn every single week.
“Basically, how we’re approaching it is every week trying to add something to my game and just keep building.”
Over his 10 outings in Navy Blue, Pittonet has come up against some of the competition’s most established ruckmen.
The learnings that have come from facing the likes of Melbourne’s Max Gawn have been invaluable as he becomes a more and more integral element of the team.
“That Melbourne game in particular stood out from the point of view that it was very, very clear within about 30 seconds why Max Gawn has been such a good player for so long,” he said.
“Even just subtle things in the craft in terms of hand position, body weight, whether he starts from the front, the back, the side, how he angles – things like that are part of that craft you hear people say ruckman take multiple years to learn.
“So it’s just about adding those layers to my game.”