LEWIS Taylor is still a country boy at heart. But the Brisbane Lion is certainly not one to beat around the bush.
Just like the way he plays, the 20-year-old pocket-rocket is a straight shooter when discussing footy matters, be them personal or team-orientated.
The Lions clash with Carlton at the Gabba tonight in a game that most likely will determine who gets the wooden spoon, and the No.1 pick in the national draft.
Understandably, Taylor though isn't focused on any benefits that may come with losing.
"I haven't thought of the draft one bit," he tells APN.
"I'm going out there to win this week and I can guarantee you the other 21 blokes who will run out with me are going to be thinking the same.
"Last place isn't where we want to be."
Then there's talk of those other blues - the second-year ones that often greet young players after a breakout first season.
While the side has struggled, Taylor hasn't felt any letdown in performance individually after winning the coveted Rising Star Award last season
"Personally, I'm not one to worry about that sort of stuff to stuff," he says
"Second-year blues - it's just a load of rubbish really.
"You just go about it the way you need to and get the job done. You should be pretty right, I would've thought."
Certainly the stats show Taylor has improved. After averaging 16.8 disposals in 2014, he's up to 21.3 a game in 2015.
With six goals in the last three weeks, including three in the narrow QClash loss to Gold Coast last week, he now has 10 for the season, up from eight last season.
"As you go on, teams start to know players a lot better," he says.
"(But) I was pretty lucky this year. I got a good pre-season under my belt. I was able to get in the gym for another year and I think that's helped me.
"I've just gone about it the same way as I went last year. Not much has changed for me personally."
Taylor is looking to finish off the season strongly, and hope 2016 turns out better than the 2015 campaign which has been constantly derailed by injuries to key players.
"You can only hope," he says.
"We rock up in November and do the whole pre-season thing again and run our guts out and train hard.
"Hopefully in these last four games, we can build something, get a bit of momentum through the pre-season and back into round one for next year."
Whether he will be joined by housemate James Aish, though, remains to be seen, with the young South Australian unsigned and being sought by rivals, including Carlton.
"At the end of the day, it's his decision what he wants to do," Taylor says. "We'll just wait and see."
Victorian Taylor is happy in Brisbane.
"Another couple of wins would be nice but we've got a close bunch of blokes up here who are wiling to put the work in and try and turn it around," he says.
While defender Justin Clarke (jaw) and Rohan Bewick (omitted) are out for the Lions, Trent West and Tom Cutler return.
Cameron Wood (omitted), Simon White (knee) and Levi Casboult (knee) have been replaced in the Blues' line-up by Matthew Dick, David Ellard and Kristian Jaksch.
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