“We are not going to be everything we want to be overnight but that is the whole fun of it, embracing ups and downs but staying level through them and just knowing they are part of the process,” Brennan said after the Tigers announced her reappointment on Tuesday.
The experienced former Western Bulldog has had little luck in recent years, with suspension forcing her to miss the Dogs’ 2018 flag and injury restricting her to just 17 AFLW games in four seasons.
Her concussion last season saw her confined to a dark room for a short period as she recovered but now, on the eve of a season that starts for Richmond against Adelaide on January 31, Brennan is fit and filled with anticipation.
The 28-year-old said Ferguson has given players the chance to drive the program under his guidance and she is rapt with what the group has been able to develop.
“Over that COVID period [there was] heaps of hard work and commitment and connection and I think it is going to continue to propel us forward for the next challenge in the journey,” Brennan said.
“He [Ferguson] wants us to play a really high pressure, exciting brand of football and he has been great in handing us the reins a little bit to really drive the standard and expectations.”
Those expectations aren’t high externally but with Brennan supported in a leadership group including Hosking, Sabrina Frederick, Cordner, Alana Woodward, Phoebe Monahan and Christina Bernardi, there is enough talent and experience for a better showing.
Brennan plays down her own talent but the key forward is, at her best, as capable of winning games off her own boot as anyone else in the competition. She is more willing to be effusive in her praise of McKenzie.
“She is a going to be a star that girl, she already is a star I am really excited for her,” Brennan said.
“The way she can get in and out of congestion and how she uses the footy, she has got a ripping left foot but she has stepped inside the environment and just thrived so far.”