Potential top-three draft pick Nick Daicos was among a group of Victorian draft prospects who hit the track at Trevor Barker Oval on Monday ahead of next week's NAB AFL draft.
Players ran through a number of basic drills in a training session organised by the AFL to give club recruiters one last look at the state's most talented young footballers.
Fronting the press after the session, the son of a Collingwood gun said he had always dreamed of following in his father's footsteps and was grateful for the opportunity to join his older brother at the Pies.
"I did look around and meet with other teams but ultimately I knew I would end up at Collingwood and I wouldn't have it any other way," the 18-year-old said.
"I'm super excited for the draft - I've waited my whole life for this.
"I'm really grateful to Collingwood for showing interest in me and I'm really excited to wear the black and white."
Daicos said he hoped his selection would reflect his efforts on the track.
"I'd love to be recognised for the hard work I've put in and go as high as I can," he said.
"At the end of the day I'll be going to Collingwood and I'm really happy with that regardless.
"I've been lucky to be around the club for a few years now and it's always felt like home for me.
"Craig (McRae) has been really good and we can't wait to start playing under him but just like anyone else I'll need to work hard to earn my spot."