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‘I’m so speechless’: Flag dream comes true for Bolton

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“To be honest I’m so surprised, I don’t know, I’m that speechless. I’m just so happy and excited for all the boys and I can’t wait to celebrate,” he said.

Bolton missed out on the flag in 2017, but that was his debut year and he didn’t feel as though he deserved to take his place in that team.

He only played nine games in his first two seasons at Punt Road, but enjoyed a breakout season this year, and he attributed that to a stern talking-to from coach Damien Hardwick.

“I kind of just knew that I wasn’t fit enough to be in that [2017] side and I just went home [to Albany, WA] and focused on being fit and came back and had a good pre-season,” he said.

“Me going home actually made me focus and that’s why I’m a premiership player.

“Dimma [Hardwick] told me, ‘mate we want you to get fitter. Go back home and get fit’.

“I was like, ‘yeah, no worries’, so I ordered a personal trainer and got everything sorted and came back and I was coming in good shape for the pre-season.”

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