Claremont star Jye Bolton says he is eternally indebted to the club for welcoming him in ahead of his 150th WAFL game.
A native Victorian who moved across the country after spending one season on Collingwood’s list and three years with Werribee in the VFL, the two-time Sandover Medalist will bring up the milestone when he takes on Perth on Saturday.
Having missed only two games in his career with the Tigers - one due to concussion and one due to COVID-19 - Bolton told Sports Breakfast he was not sure of the secret behind his ability to stay on the park.
“Our physio staff have put a lot of work in and got me up for a few games when I’ve probably been a bit questionable,” Bolton said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time at Claremont now, I’ve loved being part of the club. It’s good to be a part of a club you have such high regard for.
“It's something I’ll look back on fondly.”
The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak in a 32-point win over Swan Districts at Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday, with Bolton saying the group’s internal belief never wavered through their rough patch.
“It was good to get back on the winners list. We felt like we were still playing fairly good footy over that last month. We probably weren’t doing it for the whole game, little lapses cost us games,” he said.
“We like to take the hard road at Claremont every year and not make it easy for ourselves, but we’ve still got an opportunity to be there in September and try and shake up the finals a bit and go one step further than last year.
“That being said, we’ve still got an opponent who’s shown they can produce some quality footy so we’ll still have to respect them going into this week.”
Despite ending eight rounds on top of the ladder this year, Claremont need to defeat the Demons to lock in their finals place, but Bolton said he was confident his side can do some damage in September.
“We’ve got a lot of talented players on our list, getting the most out of them and producing good, consistent football is going to be our key,” he said.
“We definitely thought we were playing some of the best footy in the comp in the first half of the year and I don’t see why we can’t replicate that again.
“We’ve got the right game plan, we’ve got the right cattle to execute the game plan to be able to achieve what we want to achieve.”
The 31-year-old confirmed no decision had been made on his playing future.
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