He may have been overlooked in the 2017 AFL Draft, but waiting an extra year gave new Crow Jordon Butts a senior premiership he’ll never forget.
Jordon grew up in Shepparton, in country Victoria – a town of 50,000 with four football clubs, four soccer clubs and a thriving basketball scene.
He had his options, but for Jordon, it was always going to be the Shepparton Bears that became his second home outside of his TAC Cup duties with the Murray Bushrangers.
After all, his father Gerard was part of the premiership side who secured the victory for the Bears in the dying seconds of their 1993 clash with Rochester.
So, it was a no-brainer for Jordon to follow in his father’s footsteps at the Bears, where he played most of his junior football.
But it wasn’t until after he missed out on the draft that he had his chance to make history of his own back home in Shepparton.
Twenty-five years after his dad celebrated a premiership with the Bears, so did Jordon.