Boom Western Bulldogs recruit Tom Boyd is putting no timeframe on how long he will take to become a regular AFL player.
The 19-year-old has also backed his new club despite several weeks of crisis at Whitten Oval.
Boyd has joined the 'Dogs on a seven-year, $7 million deal.
The Bulldogs secured Boyd after captain Ryan Griffen walked out and coach Brendan McCartney was sacked.
They also gave up their number six draft pick in the deal with Greater Western Sydney, where Griffen went in exchange for Boyd.
All that, plus the Bulldogs' desperation for a key forward, puts a ton of pressure on Boyd.
The number one draft pick in last year's national draft only played nine games for GWS in his debut season.
Asked about his expectations for next season, Boyd said: "Quite simply, to get the best out of myself that I can next year.
"It's really dangerous putting numbers on it and it's really hard to predict.
"But I will just say, to get myself as fit as possible and in the best shape so I can give myself the best chance to have a good 2015.
"They do say particularly key forwards take a little bit longer to develop in their bodies."
But Boyd is confident he will cope with the pressure that comes with his lucrative contract.
"I already had the expectation on my shoulders, being the number one pick, and I don't look at (this) any differently," he said.
"I can only control a certain amount of things and if I put my best foot forward, work really hard and get the best out of myself, then I will have no quarrels with the expectation placed on me.
"Their (Bulldogs fans') expectations are only rivalled by my own and I've always considered myself an extremely driven person.
"I want to get there quick, like anyone at AFL level."
Boyd said he had no second thoughts about joining the Bulldogs, despite the change of coach.
The 'Dogs are working out the process for picking McCartney's successor.
"Part of my decision was I felt like the Bulldogs had key pillars who were there for the long haul - (chief executive) Simon Garlick, (list manager) Jason McCartney and (president) Peter Gordon," he said.
"I have complete faith in their decision to choose a coach ... it's not something for me to worry about.