Richmond revelation Sydney Stack has praised coach Damien Hardwick for welcoming Stack into his home and gaining his trust.
But the round 11 rising star has cheekily admitted that hes rewarded his coach by annoying him non-stop.
Vision emerged last week of Stack on the end of an old-fashioned spray from Hardwick, after the first year player was slightly late to training.
Stack laughed off the incident before opening up on the impact Hardwick and his family has had on him.
"It was nothing big, I just rocked up late on the track and got sprayed … it was nothing major … he said sorry later so that made up for it," he chuckled.
"Im still working on my professionalism and the older, more senior guys are helping me with that and thats one of the key things Im working on at the moment.
"'Dimma' gained my trust pretty quickly.
"Once I came to his house he made me feel welcome. He and the family were great, it was terrific of him to take me in like that."
Stack conceded hes already gained a reputation in the locker room for constantly annoying and agitating his teammates and coaches, joking that his personality has always tended to exasperate people.
"I annoy everyone at the club, Dimma is probably one of the main ones. I just love annoying people, so thats just me I guess," Stack smiled.
"Nick Vlastuin as well. He gets pretty cranky in the gym, I do it to him quite a bit."
At just 179cm and 72 kilograms, the electric Stack has already become somewhat of a cult figure at Punt Road, despite being overlooked in Novembers draft.
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