AN optimistic outlook for a second-year Blue. 

Jack Martin is raring and ready to go in his second preseason in Navy Blue since making the move from Gold Coast in the 2019 trade period.

Impressing early in a year like no other, Martin emerged as a key avenue to goal for the Blues throughout 2020 and plans to build on the strong showing in 2021.

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Martin: We're excited and looking forward to the year

Jack Martin spoke to Carlton Media following the first session of 2021.

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“Last year was obviously a bit challenging with the hub life, but in saying that I think it was good to build relationships,” Martin said.

“The chemistry was there coming in day one for preseason this year, so the boys are up and about.”

Braving the heat in a session back after the Christmas break, Martin outlined his personal goals for the year ahead.

“It was pretty solid. The first session was hard, it’s always one of the hardest ones when you’re coming back day one of preseason but it was good to get it out of the way,” he said.

“Today was pretty solid and we were lucky enough today to get the whole group back together, which was good.

“I just think my endurance, build my endurance and just consistency throughout the year. I’ll do a fair bit of work in the preseason as will all the other boys, but the boys are excited and looking forward to 2021.”

Martin joined a young Carlton contingent on Monday, the first to fourth-year players returning to Ikon Park early at the end of 2020.

Impressed by the youngsters, it was Corey Durdin who stood out to Martin on his first day back on the park.

“I think a few of the younger guys, the draftees: Corey Durdin, he was pretty impressive today with his skill work,” he said.

“Then it was good to see the familiar faces of a lot of the older guys.”