It has already been a huge week for Western Bulldogs key forward Josh Bruce.
And there’s plenty more excitement still to come.
The first-year Bulldog and his wife Pip have welcomed their second child into the world, a little brother for two-year-old daughter Poppy, as Bruce prepares for a maiden AFL finals appearance on Saturday afternoon – against his former side, St Kilda.
“It’s been a pretty good week,” Bruce told media on the Gold Coast today.
“We obviously welcomed our little son into the world, August William, so exciting times there and I’m still able to play my first final on Saturday so it’s going to be a good seven-day stretch.”
With the possibility of a Perth final and quarantine period, Bruce acknowledged things had worked out perfectly for him and his family.
“I had the conversation with my wife before we came up here that if it did come to finals footy or being there, I’d pick finals footy,” Bruce said with a laugh.
“Luckily it didn’t come to that and I was able to get the best of both worlds.
“(Pip and I) were cheering home Port Adelaide pretty hard last Monday, so once that got sorted out we knew we were playing the Saints (and staying in Queensland).
“So it was just the timing to get bubba out.”
Bruce has still been able to spend some time with his family, who have moved out of the hub in recent weeks.
He returned to training with his teammates today.
“They’ve settled into the Airbnb we’ve got really nicely, they’re going really well,” Bruce said.
“My mother-in-law Alex is up and she’s cooking up a storm and looking after us really well over there.
“I’m still spending most of my time here at the hub obviously, but I just get to visit them for a couple of hours every day.”