Jack Gunston's return to form after a lean start to the season has reinforced why Hawthorn's multi-pronged forward line is rated so highly.
The wide spread of goalkickers (13) the Hawks had on Saturday in its comfortable win over Greater Western Sydney partly emphasised that, although it also obscured what was arguably Gunston's most complete match for the club since his arrival at the end of 2011.
The 21-year-old had 20 possessions and a game-high 10 marks - four from leads - against the Giants. He also kicked three goals for the third match in succession.
Despite Gunston's age and lack of experience - he has not yet played 50 games - expectations were high after he finished equal third on the club's goalkicking tally last year with 39.
So it was conspicuous that he was held goalless in his first two games of the season and had only two goals after his fourth. But Gunston said it had not taken the mini-hauls against Adelaide (his former club), Sydney and the Giants to reassure himself.
''It was just about gaining momentum,'' he said. ''Obviously it was a slowish start to the year but the past three weeks have been good to get on the scoreboard.''
Not even the likes of Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead were able to get a huge bag of goals against the Giants.
That was partly influenced by a strategy of sending one of those two, plus Gunston, up the field as part of the rotations. Gunston performed well in those cameos upfield, finishing with four inside-50 entries.
Gunston reckoned the strategy was beneficial for the team and himself. ''It was good getting up on the wing and also playing that forward role - you can get into the game a bit more,'' he said.
''Last year I didn't do it much. At times you can get bogged down up forward, with a man sitting on you the whole game, so it's good to get the freedom of going through in the midfield rotations … it just adds another string to my bow.''
Gunston agreed it was an asset for the club to be able to shift its key forwards up the ground, as it could help disrupt opposition teams' defensive structures.
''It's obviously working well, the number of talls we're playing at the moment, with two ruckmen [Max Bailey and David Hale] and then 'Bud' [Franklin] and 'Rough' [Roughead] and myself … we can play a variety of roles, which is good for the side,'' he said.
''We obviously want numerous ways of bringing the ball into the forward line, whether it's lead-ups or kicking long to advantage.''