By ZAC MILBANK
Tom Schwarz was left in no doubt what role he would play upon his arrival at North Adelaide at the start of 2016.
Having crossed from Woodville-West Torrens – where he managed 27 League matches since his 2013 debut – the hard-nosed midfielder sat down with then Roosters coach Josh Carr.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Schwarz – preparing for his 100th Statewide Super League game against Glenelg on Saturday – said Carr wanted him to play in the same uncompromising manner he did throughout his career with the Power and Dockers.
The 26-year-old has thrived at Prospect since, quickly racking up 72 League games in four seasons while being voted in as joint vice-captain this year.
Arguably his team’s best player in the club’s sensational 2018 Grand Final win, Schwarz admitted it was initially difficult to leave the Eagles given his father Peter was the club’s 1993 premiership captain.
But it has led to more opportunity for him and the chance to edge out older brother Nic – on 59 games at South Adelaide – to be the first sibling to reach triple figures in the Statewide Super League.
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