Kamdyn McIntosh cemented his name in AFL history when he helped the Richmond Tigers snap a 37-year premiership drought with a grand final on Saturday.
In just his 53rd AFL game, the Pinjarra football product was able to claim the league’s highest prize when he secured a premiership medallion in Richmond’s 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) victory over Adelaide.
While McIntosh’s nine disposals won’t earn him much praise compared to teammate Dustin Martin’s record-breaking performance, the ex-Peel Thunder youngster did an admirable job on Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman, keeping him to 15 touches.
He was full of love for his team following their historic win.
“The mateship we have here with one another is amazing, we’re such a tight family,” McIntosh told the Geelong Advertiser.
“I talk about coming from WA and leaving my family behind and coming over here, and every one of these boys is now my family.
“That is what has changed the last couple of years with this club is that everyone embraces one another.
“I’m not saying that wasn’t there before but just the connection we have with one another is amazing.”
McIntosh was recruited to the club out of the Pinjarra Tigers and Peel Thunder after being selected with pick 31 in the 2012 national draft.
He’s had to overcome a string of injuries in his time with Richmond, including an ankle injury that sidelined him for most of 2016.
But the newly crowned premiership player will head into the off-season this year having enjoyed the ultimate success.
The win also ensures McIntosh will go down as one of the most successful footballers to come out of the Peel region, despite still having most of his career ahead of him.