It's on, day one under a beautiful Melbourne morning. They trained from 9 to 12 o'clock.
10 to fifteen support staff wait for the 8 to 10 coaches who are led to the field by Goody. No Bernie Vince or Jordan Lewis yet. The committee members including Barrett are also there and are making themselves available to discussions.
The squad come out as one, 5 minutes later.
They are brought together by Burgess who gives them the run down to today's work. He is a good communicator and all get his message and an opportunity to respond.
In the rehab is Sam Wiedeman, Josh Wagner, Austin Bradke, Mitch Hannan, Aaron Vandenberg, Harrison Petty, Kade Kolodjasni and Neville Jetta. Some participated in the Tan run and the non-contact drills.
Missing from today were Joel Smith, Oskar Baker and I think Kade Chandler.
Adam Tomlinson was in kit but didn't train. Charlie Spargo in a moon boot and on crutches.
Ed Langdon wearing number 15, he looked a bit nervous, struggling with skills though understandable as he gets comfortable with his new club.
They start with running drills that stretch the legs. Then there off to a 3/4 lap of the Tan. They set of a startling pace. I was on bike and could just keep up. Probably gliding off at above 20 km/hr. The times are about 10.30 minutes. I followed at the back of the first pack with Jay Lockart and Tom Sparrow. Jake Lever led the second pack over the line.
Back on the paddock, and they are into drills and simulations. Bayley Fritsch and Christian Salem setting up with great stab passes. A lot of the drills performed without much defensive pressure.
The squad was divided into two groups for simulations. One in a confined area developing the short, congested game and the other working on defensive spread and zoning with offensive midfield turnovers to kick to the leading forwards. the two groups moved between both stations. It appears the positions for players arn't set yet as they all seemed to rotate with different plays.
I would suggest that Tom Sparrow given his youth and being down on endurance at the moment is looking to be an attacking back flanker who can break the lines and deliver a good release.
I believe Nathan Jones will play back flanker as well, he is also being very vocal out there.
Could Marty Hore be used up forward? Thought he is also developing as a leader.
Jake Melksham received a welcome back to training by Steven May. A hard fair collision.
They finished the session with several 80 meter sprints in 17 – 18 seconds.
A few stayed on the track. Braydon Preuss working Corey Wagner, Jack Viney kicking goals and Christian Salem working with James Jordan and I think Kyle Dunkley.