Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has changed his approach in pre-season to try to get the club back into flag contention, according to defender Marcus Adams.
Beveridge, who led the Bulldogs to the premiership in 2016, saw his side slide dramatically last year and finish only 10th on the ladder.
The Bulldogs’ campaign was dogged by off-field distractions, and Adams suggested the coach has learned to be more hands-on this time around.
The 47-year-old isn't being as relaxed with his playing list during the build-up at Whitten Oval.
The West Perth product said: "This year, he's probably been a bit stricter with how he's overseen the program - not in a massively different way but you can sort of feel his presence a bit more around the place.
"I think having him around holds everybody to a higher account, so that could be a reason as to why the training standards have been so high."
The Bulldogs have made significant changes to their playing list since the end of last season, including losing 600 games of experience through the retirements of Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd.
Talented utility Jake Stringer also left during the trade period, while the club brought in former Brisbane forward Josh Schache to bolster their options, along with versatile tall Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide) and high-leaping defender Hayden Crozier (Fremantle).
Adams said the players had returned in good shape mentally and physically.
He added: "Last year wasn't the best year for us. It was perhaps a bit of a reality check and everybody wasn't really happy with how they went and everybody is doing a lot of things better than what they were doing last year, both on and off the track."
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