When you ask Dermott Brereton who his favourite player was growing up, he answers without hesitation – Phil Carman.

It kind of explains a lot, doesn’t it?

Carman was Brereton before the man with the dyed-blonde hair sported the number 23 guernsey for the Hawks, and he was more – much more. A prodigious talent, Carman was like an unbroken stallion, unable to conform to a set of rules that are relaxed by today’s standard. He would bounce from Norwood in the SANFL, where he played against the greats like Ebert, Robran and Cornes, to make his VFL debut for Collingwood, before moving to Melbourne, then Essendon, before finally finishing up at North Melbourne.

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