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Ricky Mangidis  March 6, 2017 3:32 PM

Cam Zurhaar speaks about playing at Arden Street, community camp and more.

Cam Zurhaar’s trip to Tasmania for North’s community camp had the rookie soaking it all in, realising how quickly his life has changed.

“I’ve never done something like that before, being in the community and helping out,” Zurhaar told

“It was a great experience, working with all the kids and teaching them how to kick a footy.”

Even signing autographs had Zurhaar reflecting on his changed surroundings.

“It’s just amazing, the kids run up to you and get your signature.

“Last year it was probably me doing that to these AFL guys.

“I pinch myself every day at training, playing with all these great guys and players that have played over 150 games here.”

It’s been a busy time for Zurhaar, the community camp coming immediately after a busy weekend at Arden Street.

Before the JLT Series match, the first-year players had an induction night, where they were able to invite their families to the club and give them a tour.

“It was good showing my family around,” Zurhaar said.

“They got to see all of the club, what we do here and all the awesome facilities.

“They were blown away with all the massage tables, ice baths and all that awesome stuff.”

About 36 hours later, Zurhaar made his first appearance in North colours.

In addition to dealing with standard first-game nerves, the 18-year-old also was tasked with playing on some of the Hawks’ most important players.

“I was on (Luke) Hodge and Gibbo (Josh Gibson),” Zurhaar explained.

“It was an awesome matchup for me, the best experience playing on the best guys. That’s what I want.”

Zurhaar was lively around goals, kicking 1.1 from his nine possessions.

“I was really happy to get called up. It was a good game.

“It was a fast start but I worked my way into it, got a few touches early,” Zurhaar said.