Dockers return in top shape

16 December 2020 22:09:48 GMTPlus11

Fremantle second-year coach Justin Longmuir has saluted his players for returning to pre-season in great shape and is looking forward to 2021.

The Dockers made great progress under the guidance of Longmuir during his first season in charge and the signs suggest that they can move on to the next level in the new AFL campaign.

Luke Ryan and Liam Henry are the players that have really caught the eye since returning to training, but Longmuir is happy with the condition of all of his players.

"Luke Ryan and Liam Henry have returned in great nick in leading the running," Longmuir told reporters on Wednesday.

"But I think all of them have not only returned in good nick but improved on where they left the footy club last year, as a coach I'm really pleased.

"Luke made massive inroads on the field last year, but I feel like his biggest improvement came off the field and his attention to detail and ability to prepare himself week in, week out was fantastic.

"From what I've seen this year, that hasn't changed."

Longmuir and his coaching staff have also come up with new training methods to help the players prepare for a big season but once again there is a heavy focus on skills.

"We can't do the same as last year and hope for more improvement," he added. "So the coaches have been hard at work trying to plan new training drills and trying to challenge our players in different ways. So far, so good.

"We're trying to get all our fitness work in our skills program, as much as we can."

The Dockers are priced at 50/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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