Canberra will attack the 2019 NEAFL season with a refreshed game plan, a renewed emphasis on team unity and most importantly, a fit and firing Tom Faul!
Knee and hamstring injuries kept the youngster from displaying more of his talent during 2018, but a goal to maximise his physical fitness during pre-season has the 22-year-old ready to tackle his third year in the Canberra program head-on.
“I’ve put on weight in muscle and I feel very fit, so this pre-season will hold me in good stead,” said Faul.
"To be honest this is probably the best my body has ever felt in a long time.”
Faul managed sixteen senior games last year and excited the competition with his ability to take a strong contested mark and impact the scoreboard.
"Last year my goal was to get back to full fitness and really just enjoy my football again."
"This year I really want to develop into more of a leader and help all the younger individuals coming through the program."
“I’d like to get some consistency this year and play as many NEAFL games as I can.”
The strongly built forward is one of many Canberra youngsters to keep an eye on, with the former Ainslie man also eager to see the club's off-season recruits in action.
According to Faul, Kel Evans will be one to watch, while Riley Corbett and Josh Maynard will also thrill the Canberra faithful.
“It’s hard to look past Kel, he’s looked pretty dangerous out on the track,” he said.
“I’ve also enjoyed watching Riley (Corbett) and Josh (Maynard).”
“They’re all pretty exciting.”
With only two weeks until Canberra’s NEAFL opener against the Gold Coast, Faul said he hoped this Saturday’s pre-season hit out with Sydney would serve as a stepping-stone for the year ahead.
“My aim now is to get some good game time under my belt,” he said.
“We’ve all got a job to do but we’re looking forward to playing as a group and moulding together before Round 1.”