Fremantle debutant Jye Amiss is ready for the next progression to the top level, after being named to kickstart his AFL career against North Melbourne on Friday night.
Amiss had his final chance to soak in Optus Stadium at Thursday’s Captain's run before running out at the same venue just 24 hours later in front of a big Fremantle home crowd on Friday.
The key forward said training on the Optus Stadium turf a day out from the game had seen the nervous energy 'built up a little' ahead of his first game.
“It was good to get out here with the boys, especially being a day out from the game,” Amiss said.
“I’m usually a calm sort of bloke and I don’t get too nervous, but it’s definitely built it up a little bit!
“Words can’t really describe how it is going to feel and Friday night footy is always big, so I think it is going to be a great experience.”
Amiss felt he could read the tea leaves of a looming debut upon hearing the news of Rory Lobb entering the AFL’s health and safety protocols earlier this week.
While the thought of a debut had entered his mind, Amiss said he couldn’t be too sure until the news was announced.
The 18-year-old has been living with skipper Nat Fyfe, who has provided a helping hand for the young forward.
“I definitely saw it, especially when 'Lobby' went down, but nothing is really set in stone and you just have to wait until the moment finally comes,” Amiss said.
“I’m living with Nat at the moment, and he’s told me so much stuff which has been very helpful.”
Amiss will be looking forward to partnering up with fellow key forward Josh Treacy in Friday night, after teaming up well together in the WAFL this season.
In Peel’s round two clash with West Perth a few weeks back, the pair posted a combined nine goals on the scoreboard to lead the Thunder in attack.
“Me and ‘JT’ get on really well, I’ve spoken to him a fair bit and we are both on the same board for tomorrow night,” Amiss said.
“We work really well together…our communication and just how we get on is really good, so I think that is going to help at this level as well.”
A large Busselton contingent is expected in the Optus Stadium stands on Friday night, as Amiss’ family and friends travel north for the occasion.
Drafted with pick eight in the 2021 NAB AFL Draft, the Busselton product had a prolific 2021 season in the colts for East Perth, kicking 51 goals from 15 games at an average of 3.4 per game.
Amiss said he had felt the strong support from his hometown across his journey.
“The whole family are really excited for me, they can’t wait to get out here (Optus Stadium),” Amiss said.
“(The amount of people coming up) is a big number! I couldn’t tell you the exact number, but it’s going to be a fair few.
“All the text messages and support from down there has been amazing.”