Haynes is aiming even higher

07 January 2021 17:11:00 GMTPlus11

Greater Western Sydney Giants defender Nick Haynes is eager not to rest on the laurels of a 2020 season which saw him claim a notable double honour.

The 28-year-old, who has spent the whole of his AFL career to date with the Giants, was handed All-Australian honours as well as being the joint winner of the Kevin Sheedy Medal, alongside Lachie Whitfield.

I think I've improved every year I’ve been at the Giants and this year I'm looking to do the same.

Nick Haynes

However, Haynes is eager to improve further when the 2021 campaign gets under way and wants to learn more from team-mate Whitfield, who is one of the best in his position of half-back.

He told his club's official website as pre-season training got under way in earnest: "I think I've improved every year I’ve been at the Giants and this year I'm looking to do the same. I'm looking towards more of the offensive side of my game and looking to improve that.

"Having Lachie Whitfield down there - he's the pinnacle of the competition on that half-back line - so I'll be latching on to him this pre-season and trying to learn a lot off him.

"My body feels great, obviously the less contact the better for me.

"It feels really good after three months off. Obviously we were still training pretty hard, but you don't get those bumps and bruises, so the body feels fresh and really good."

The Giants open their new AFL Season against St Kilda on Sunday 21st March and are 31/50 to make a winning start, while they can be backed at 14/1 to win the Grand Final in 2021.

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