Valente aiming for a fresh start

09 January 2021 16:31:15 GMTPlus11

Fremantle Dockers midfielder Luke Valente is determined to try and put behind him the fitness problems he has endured in the last couple of seasons.

The 20-year-old has been unable to make much of an impact during his two seasons to date with the Dockers, but the club showed faith in the youngster by offering him a new two-year contract back in October.

And Valente is keen to replay the faith shown in him and is eager to work as hard as possible in pre-season training, even as the temperatures start to soar in Western Australia.

He told the club's official website: "We get used to it (the heat) pretty quickly, especially in summer, because it's like this every day. The boys just keep their energy and their voice up and we get through well.

"I've trimmed down a little bit from the back end of last year, which will hopefully help me a bit, especially in pre-season with my running - which is what I'm focusing on this pre-season.

"If I can get that running base under my belt, hopefully things will go my way. I'm really happy to be back now."

Last season Fremantle finished in 12th place in the AFL regular season standings, missing out on the Finals Series after winning just seven on their 17 games played.

The Dockers are scheduled to open their 2021 AFL season against Melbourne on Saturday 20th March and are 7/4 to make a winning start, with the Demons 9/20 to win the game.

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