JACKSON Trengove played just about every position in his first season at the Western Bulldogs, but he’s hoping to lock down a more consistent role in 2019.
Lured home to Melbourne last year after seven seasons with Port Adelaide, the versatile big man quickly adhered to coach Luke Beveridge’s versatility mantra.
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Champion Data recorded his 2018 game time at 62 per cent as a defender, 18 per cent as a ruckman and 10 per cent as a forward.
Asked where he expected to play in 2019, the 28-year-old, said splitting his time between the ruck and attack is what he is hoping for.
“I expected to play in a few positions (last year), but not as many as I did,” Trengove, who was added to the club’s leadership group this week, joked.
“The last five or six games I really settled down in that ruck spot and going forward at some stage (of the game).
“I’m hoping and guessing it will be something similar, that ruck/forward (role), and go back if needed, but hopefully we don’t need me to.”
With Jordan Roughead traded to Collingwood and Tom Campbell delisted and subsequently recruited by North Melbourne, Trengove will assist the talented youngster Tim English in leading the Dogs’ ruck division.
Tom Boyd is also there to provide some assistance but expected to prominently play his customary role in attack next season, while hulking draftee Jordon Sweet told AFL.com.au last week he’s not a Whitten Oval to make up the numbers and is looking to making his presence felt at AFL level.
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Trengove is yet to receive a physical examination at training from Sweet, but he said there’s a lot to like about the South Australian rookie ruckman.
“The young kids take a couple of weeks to get as physical as they will get, they tend to come in and take it nice and easy, but (Jordon is) a big boy and an absolute monster of a man,” Trengove said.
“He played in a premiership in the SANFL last year, which was pretty exciting for him, so I look forward to see what he’s got.”
One year into his stint at the Kennel, Trengove is impressed with the fitness the players and 10 fresh faces have presented in and believes the group is much further advanced than the same time last year.
“Just the condition and the way the boys came back (holidays), it set the tone for the footy club and we were ready to hit the deck straight away,” Trengove said.
“We ran really good times in the run we do every year, and see that drive amongst the group, and it’s something we’ll look to build on over the next few weeks.
“The quality of the sessions and the work we’re able to put out has been a lot higher than this time last year.”
Source: AFL FOOTBALL NEWS