Crisp ready for new Magpies role

01 January 2018 21:54:18 GMTPlus11

Jake Crisp is getting prepared to make a full-time move to defence for Collingwood next season.

The 24-year-old is bulking up in readiness to play in the Magpies' backline and feels he's learning the ropes well.

Crisp, who was moved from the midfield to the defence in the middle of last season, has been training with the backline group this pre-season after club coaches spoke to him in his end-of-season exit meeting about playing in defence on a regular basis in 2018.

When he switched roles this year he injected some run and carry and brought a steelier mindset to a group that needed to improve its ability to contain opposition teams.

Crisp says he's enjoyed every bit of the transition so far, adding: "It's just adding another string to the bow because you can't just play one position these days. You've got to be able to play nearly every position except for ruck these days."

He's been working closely with defensive coach Justin Longmuir on improving his positioning, and has been working on making himself stronger to cope with the demands of his new full-time role.

"You're closer to goal to defend so you don't want to let your man off too easily. There's a bit more pressure," said Crisp of his new position.

"But I don't mind it. You can still attack the game as a high half-back, they're very attacking these days so you've got to be able to run pretty hard both ways."

Much of Crisp's focus in pre-season, where he's worked with new strength and conditioning manager Kevin White, has centred around improving his explosive impact.

Collingwood are 28/1 to win the 2018 Grand Final, while the Magpies are 9/2 to finish in the top four.

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