Curnow’s brother, Ed, who retired at the end of last season, was in the leadership group for the club for four years between 2016 and 2020 and Curnow joked he’s slotting in as a replacement.
“I get to give energy [to the group] because they give you so much energy, and as a group, we have a lot of fun but then we know when to crack in and have a serious, serious, serious time, obviously, with football,” Curnow said.
“When we enter that football field, I know they’ve got my back and that’s the greatest part about playing a team sport.
“Ed played like that for a long time and it was funny, he was on his way out and I took his position.”
Curnow said while getting the gong as the competition’s leading goalkicker was nice, he’d rather stop Collingwood from going back-to-back than win a third straight Coleman Medal.
“I mean, that’s sort of nice [back-to-back Colemans]…