'Toughest pre-season yet' says Chisari
Now entering his third VFL season, up and coming midfielder Jacob Chisari says this pre-season has been the toughest yet.
After a career best season that saw him play seven VFL senior games, Chisari is hoping that the hard work done over the summer months will put him in a great position to improve once again in 2017.
"The fitness staff have really stepped it up another gear so I'm sure come Round 1 we'll be ready to go," says Chisari.
"My main focus for the pre-season is making sure I get through as many sessions as possible."
"By doing that I can get more workloads in which will help me get fitter as well as sharpening up my skills."
Chisari made the move from South Mildura all the way down to Burbank Oval at the end of his TAC Cup career with the Bendigo Pioneers in 2014.
From there it has been a steady incline of development for the 22-year old, who will be working hard to try and move into a more regular senior role, along with a number of other second and third year players.
"Obviously the whole group is working really hard at the moment being in the middle of the pre-season," says Chisari.
"It's been great to see the likes of Christian Buykx-Smith, Anthony Giuliano and Lachlan Knight who missed chunks of last season through injury back on the track and doing really well."
If the competition for spots within the senior side wasn't enough motivation for the playing group to strive to higher levels this pre-season, the pain of two finals exits at senior and development level also fuels the fire in the belly.
Despite the disappointment of last season, Chisari says the club is remaining upbeat about its prospects for 2017.
"The feeling in the group is great, we've got a lot of new boys that have joined us over the pre-season which brings a lot of excitement," says Chisari.
"But for the ones who did experience the losses from last year, we use that experience to drive us and make us work even harder to ensure we can go all the way this year."
With practice matches just a month away and the club's Round 1, Easter Monday opener against Casey not too far beyond that, Chisari says there is still lots of work to do this pre-season despite it being the strongest one he's been a part of yet.
"My goal for this year would be the same as the other 50-odd players on the list as well as the coaching staff, and that's premiership success."
"There is a lot to do between now and then but I'm very confident we're on the right track."
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