WESTERN Bulldogs mature-aged rookie Brett Goodes has set his sights on a round one berth after a stellar NAB Cup debut at the weekend.
Goodes, who was in Stawell on Monday to host a school clinic with his new team-mates, said it was great to finally get his first taste of AFL action in Friday night's double-header against Essendon and Collingwood.
"My first goal was to play in the opening round of the NAB Cup," he said.
"The next goal is to keep playing throughout the pre-season and play some good footy.
"I now know what the level is like so it's all about trying to play better and create some good off the half-back flank. Obviously the aim is for round one but I won't look much further than that."
The Dimboola-bred running defender, 29, had 13 touches and laid five tackles across the half-back line in the two games.
He admitted working at the club as a player welfare manager had helped his transition into the top level.
"Working there for a couple of years has certainly been beneficial," Goodes said.
"I had been out on the track a lot with the boys and jumped into a few sessions here and there.
"You know how hard the boys do train and how often, but to finally get out there and do everything with them is a big step up."
Goodes laughed off a possible match-up against his older sibling, dual premiership Sydney Swans champion Adam, during the home-and-away season.
"A lot has been said about it," he said.
"It would be great, we've never actually played with each other or against each other, even in Wimmera league juniors.
"There will be a bit of brotherly banter if I get the chance to play against him, but it will be business as usual."
The Bulldogs have a bye this weekend before taking on Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium on March 1.