Canberra might not be firing on all cylinders, but vice-captain Mitch Maguire believes the Demons aren’t far off hitting their straps in 2019.
Maguire felt the club started to recapture the form that propelled them to a preliminary final last year, despite last Saturday's disappointing loss to the Brisbane Lions.
"Obviously it's hard coming up against such a good side in the Lions, they had a lot of listed players and I think something like over 600 games of AFL experience running around," Maguire said.
"In saying that it was the best NEAFL side I’ve personally come up against and I’m sure all the boys took a lot out of it, there were patches where we definitely matched it with them."
"It was a great experience for us to come up against the best and challenge ourselves against them, I think we learnt a lot from their game that will definitely help us going forward"
In spite of the disappointing loss, Maguire felt Canberra still had time on there side to rectify the club's slow start to the season.
"We've been slow out of the blocks this season but it's not all negative around the club at all."
"There's still a very much still a positive vibe and we are all confident in our abilities to perform each week no matter who the opposition."
"I think we’ve come up against some good sides and lost a couple of close ones as well."
"There is definitely areas we can continue to work on but I think if we can address them then we can turn our season around."
Canberra will look to bounce back following this weekend's bye when they travel to Darwin in Round 8 to clash with the NT Thunder.
"I always look forward to the NT trip, it's a chance to escape some of the cold weather here and it’s a really good opportunity for us to play some competitive football and hopefully come away with a win," said Maguire.
"We’ve won the last two years there and will definitely be striving to do the same this year to get our season rolling again."