HE MAY be readying himself for his fifth season of AFL football, but the pre-seasons aren’t getting any easier for Jack Silvagni.
Carlton’s No.1 returned for day one of pre-season at Ikon Park, joining 20 teammates as preparations officially turn towards 2020.
With wet weather greeting the young Blues, Silvagni said it was “good fun” to get back into the swing of things.
“I wouldn’t say it gets easier: as the years go by, you get asked to do more and more,” Silvagni said.
“It was a good first hitout, and it was good to get it done in some wet weather too.
“The boys are all in good nick and we’re happy to be back.”
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Silvagni enters the impending summer months on the back of a strong finish to last year, where he averaged over 16 disposals and four tackles in a new role.
It’s that role - rotating between the midfield and forward lines - which Silvagni wants to lock down for the coming season.
“I think it’ll be similar to how I played the back half of last year,” Silvagni said of his 2020 role.
“I was playing forward with a bit of midfield time. I’m still interested in tagging and taking up a few of those roles throughout the year.
“That’s where I’ll position myself over the pre-season.”
Likening Monday afternoon to “the first day of school”, Silvagni said improvement was at the top of the agenda for both himself and the collective.
With 2019 seeing him bear the fruits of a strong pre-season, the 21-year-old is fully aware of its benefits.
“I’ll tweak a few things in my game and hopefully make a few improvements before the start of next year,” he said.
“Everyone is looking good. It’s nice to see Tom Williamson and Harrison Macreadie back out on the track after long injury layoffs.
“It’s exciting that we can all get out there and train: we haven’t seen a lot of each other over the past couple of months.”