Cometh the second, cometh the person.
With Melbourne underneath monumental strain heading right into a Thursday night time blockbuster in opposition to Brisbane Lions, Jack Viney put in an impressed efficiency as stand-in skipper, just about prepared his facet ahead as he has finished so usually all through his 162-game profession.
The management function is one Viney is aware of effectively – he was co-captain between 2017 and 2019 – and, on condition that accountability as soon as extra on Thursday, the 28-year-old proved why he’s greater than as much as the problem.
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“I take loads of satisfaction in being a frontrunner of the soccer membership, I really like the accountability,” he advised foxfooty.com.au after a shocking efficiency in a 64-point win that included 34 disposals (19 contested), seven tackles, eight rating involvements and a purpose help.
“Clearly with ‘Gawny’ (Max Gawn) taking place all of the leaders of the soccer membership must shoulder the additional load as a result of he’s such a superb chief and such a terrific participant for us.
“I felt like all of the leaders of our soccer membership stood up tonight.”
An animated Viney within the pre-game handle drew a number of eyes given it was markedly totally different to Gawn – one thing Viney himself readily admits.
“I’m most likely barely totally different to Gawny, I’m most likely just a little bit extra intense. That’s simply how I roll,” he mentioned.
“I used to be simply reiterating Goody’s messages all through the week about function, I simply delivered it a bit extra intensely.”
From a job viewpoint, Viney couldn’t have finished far more.
“He relished the function as skipper with out Max Gawn. He led from the entrance,” Leigh Montagna mentioned on Fox Footy post-game.
“His skill to interrupt tackles, drive out of contest, win the arduous ball after which his strain and every little thing else he does, he obtained the remainder of the workforce to leap on his again late within the first quarter when Brisbane had all of the ascendancy.
“He simply led superbly. He’s had a superb month, he’s been taking part in actually sturdy footy regardless of the workforce struggling. I believed he was terrific.”
The trademark toughness of Viney was on full show, with the midfielder concerned in bruising contests on multiple event, solely to get again up and toil on.
“The legend about him as an 18-year-old child is that they used to must take him out of some under-age video games as a result of he was too powerful for the opposite children, he was hurting the opposite children,” David King remarked.
“I believe now and again he places one among these video games to us all and says that is who I’m, I’m just a little bit more durable than the common participant and I’m going to simply wreck your night time.”
Jason Dunstall agreed, including: “Performances like this when he can spotlight the power inside the competition after which the power to dish out like that, then you definitely don’t have to fret about is he the purest kick going round or hitting targets all around the floor. He’s doing the grunt work that’s enabling these round him.
“In case you needed to point out gamers tips on how to strategy a contest or a soccer sport, you simply present Jack Viney.”
Viney’s praises had been sung by many all through the night time, together with Gawn himself, who was one among many on Twitter lauding the powerful nut’s efficiency.
For Viney, it’s all background noise… albeit good.
“It’s good to know the followers and my teammates actually love what I carry to the sport,” he mentioned.
“I attempt to steer clear of the reward and the blame as effectively. I attempt to hold my motivations fairly impartial, hold a mindset targeted on what will get me up each week.”