Collingwood legend Peter Daicos hopes the pressure to live up to the family name will drive his son Josh to great things in the AFL.
The Magpies added to their long list of father-son recruits in Friday’s draft, snaffling Josh Daicos and Callum Brown, the son of former captain and premiership player Gavin Brown.
Few are more beloved at Collingwood than Daicos Snr, a 250-game premiership player and five-time leading goalkicker whose highlight reel is overflowing with freakish goals.
But he’s confident the weight of expectation won’t be too much of a burden for Josh, who was taken with pick No.57.
“It’s going to earn you a couple of opportunities and it can either be your greatest ally or your greatest foe,” Daicos Sr said on Monday.
“Pressure sometimes is a good thing because it will make you probably work a little bit harder to live up to that pressure. I think it can be a good thing for him if it’s used the right way.”
A small midfielder who can drift forward and kick goals, the younger Daicos has been likened to Western Bulldogs star Caleb Daniel for his clean hands and intelligent ball use.
But while he’s determined to forge his own identity as a footballer, he’s no stranger to his dad’s boundary line heroics.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t show him a couple of the tricks, sitting off the boundaries,” Daicos Sr said with a grin.
“It’s like any of the kids growing up, they want to take the big mark, take the speccy and run to the boundary and kick that goal.
“I think he’s more in tune with football today, contemporary football, and that’s centering the ball. That’s something I didn’t think about too much.”
Neither Daicos nor Brown will wear the same guernsey number as their famous fathers – in line with their requests.
Daicos will wear Gavin Brown’s No.26, while Callum Brown will wear No.17.
The Magpies were forced to take Brown a little earlier than they might have hoped at pick No.35 after a bid from North Melbourne, ironically the club where his father works as a development coach.
“When I left work (on Friday) they sort of didn’t give me any inclination at all,” Brown Sr said.
“I thought ‘hang on a minute, that’s North’. It was a bit of a shock to be honest.”
The Magpies used pick No.30 to take utility Sam McLarty, who was born profoundly deaf and wears a bionic ear implant.
Collingwood also drafted small forward Kayle Kirby, who says he was inspired by the success of other Aboriginal footballers.
“I didn’t just do it for myself, I did it for my family and my mob,” he said.
“They’re more proud than I am, to be honest.”