Nick Daicos will end up at Collingwood but the father-son prospect still wants to be recognised as the No.1 player in this year's AFL draft.
The son of legendary Magpies ace Peter, Nick is comfortable in knowing he will play for the rebuilding team under new coach Craig McRae.
However, there is a mini rivalry brewing with South Adelaide young gun Jason Horne-Francis for the title of best junior player of 2021.
Many recruiters cannot split the midfielders heading into the first night of the draft on November 24.
Wooden spooners North Melbourne have the first selection and could force the Magpies to place a bid on Daicos.
"I had an interview with North Melbourne around a month ago and I haven't heard from them since," Daicos said.
"I'd love to be recognised and go as high as I can, be recognised for the hard work I've put in, but at the end of the day I'll be going to Collingwood and that's where my attention lies now.
"I know Jason through playing in the Australian academy and I'm sure either way it falls Collingwood or North will get a very good player.
"I'm just super excited for the draft, I've waited for it for my whole life and it's something I've worked towards for so long.
"Knowing I'll end up at Collingwood takes some of the nerves out of it."
Despite the family ties to the Magpies, Daicos admitted he did give thought to beginning his AFL journey elsewhere.
But with brother Josh already at Collingwood, on top of his father's icon status at the club, heading to another team could have been awkward.
"I think it would be stupid to only look at Collingwood," Daicos said.
"I had to look around and see other teams and other possibilities but ultimately I knew I was likely going to end up at Collingwood and I wouldn't have it any other way.
"With dad playing there, and Josh currently playing there, I just always wanted to play with him.
"It feels like home and I can't wait to get started."
Daicos' NAB League career was severely impacted due to COVID-19 but the 18-year-old still managed to dominate when he was on the park.
He averaged an astonishing 36 possessions and two goals across five games.
Australian Associated Press