For Landan Price, a 15-year-old fast bowler fuelled by a desire to be the best he can be, it was a word in his ear that spoke volumes.
While representing ACT/NSW Country at this month's under-15 nationals on the Sunshine Coast, his first Australian championships, a NSW Magenta player suggested that Price trial for Manly-Warringah's AW Green Shield side on March 3.
The player had captained Manly's Green Shield side last year in the under-16 competition - the metro equivalent of the Bradman Cup. The winner of the Green Shield plays the winner of the Bradman Cup.
Given the two competitions are played at different times, Price also wants to make Central North's Bradman Cup side this year.
The year 10 Farrer student has been emboldened by making his first-grade debut, for Old Boys, this season and then playing in his debut nationals.
Victoria Country beat ACT/NSW Country by eight wickets in the playoff for third and four place at the nationals.
Price, whose teammates included Tamworth's Callum Henry and Zac Craig, finished the tournament with five wickets at an average of 18.2 and with a best of 3-21.
He and Henry will play for Tamworth in the Connolly Cup final against Narrabri at No.1 Oval on Sunday.
"Going in [to the nationals] I was a bit nervous, because it was the first time I'd bowled in two months," Price said.
"But after the first day, I was like, 'A bit hard to go worse than that' [he finished with 0-38 off six overs against Queensland] and I ended up getting better and better."