Two years ago Chayce Jones became the latest in a long line of Launceston players to reach the AFL.
Thursday saw Isaac Chugg continue the trend and few were more pleased than Blues coach Mitch Thorp.
The ex-Hawk, who has coached Chugg since his arrival from Longford two years ago, had been set to gift his number nine guernsey to the 18-year-old in 2021 before Collingwood called.
"It's a rewarding day given the time and effort we've put in with some of our young people and Isaac has been someone I've worked really close with in life in general, so I'm really proud of him," Thorp said.
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"Isaac didn't have it all his own way this year - he played round one, he then got dropped and played five games of development league and really went to work on his craft.
"Our development coaches put a lot of work into him and he was a key contributor in our premiership this year and he's been rewarded with a spot on Collingwood's list."
Chugg earned his recall in the development league.
The former Kings Meadows High student was best on ground first game back - a one-point win over reigning premier North Launceston - and met the same opponent upon his senior recall in round eight.
"He's made of the right stuff Isaac," Thorp said.
"He asked lots of questions, he wanted to get better, he didn't sulk, he just kept head down, bum up and once he got into the senior side he never looked back.
"He became Mr Fix-it in the back half for us - played on the opposition's best small forwards and then when he got the opportunity to rebound he was pretty significant in that area. Collingwood have got a fantastic young man on their list."
Having returned to Launceston training earlier this week, Chugg will complete a final session with this teammates on Friday night.
Thorp expects the teen to remain cool about his impending departure but said he would be sorely missed by teammates - not least development league grand final hero Jayden Hinds.
"His best mate at the footy club probably took it harder than anyone, he was quite emotional to see his best mate leave," Thorp said.
"All the teammates have already contacted him and we'll get him down here [Friday] night and officially send him on his way."
Thorp said he hoped Chugg's story would help inspire young players.
"I'm also pleased because our young aspirational players coming through the football club can see that you can get drafted playing in Tasmania.
"Isaac's got a lot of mates who are 16, 17, 18 - this for them will be a really nice day to go 'if I put my head down bum up I can get to an AFL club'."