Having returned from a two-week trial with the Sydney Swans, Mitch Maguire says he will look to use the experience as motivation heading in to the 2019 NEAFL season.
Alongside Angus Baker, Maguire spent two weeks in the Harbour City training with the likes of Isaac Heeney, Will Hayward and Ollie Florent ahead of the 2018 AFL ‘Rookie Draft’.
“I learnt a lot from the likes of Isaac, Will and Ollie, just by the way they prepare for training and how they attack training each day with such a high level of intensity and professionalism,” he said.
Despite a record breaking year for the former GWS Giants Academy product, Maguire remains adamant he has plenty more to improve on ahead of his third season in the NEAFL competition.
“From an individual point of view in 2019 I’m hoping to have a big pre-season here in Canberra and work on improving some areas of my game that need to be mended to take it to the next level.”
“I need to continue to work on my defensive game, I need to increase my tackle numbers and pressure acts. I’d also like to get stronger, that’ll help with contested game.”
Still only 20-years-old Maguire says whilst the AFL dream is still alive, his main priority is creating more history with the Canberra Demons in 2019.
“I’m happy just going into 2019 with a free mind and not worrying about the bigger picture of AFL too much.”
“If I focus on what I need to improve and what needs to be done for the team then hopefully that dream takes care of itself. I feel if I focus on trying to impress too much individually then it will take my mind away from the main job at hand and that’s winning games here and getting team success at the Demons.”
Although understandably disappointed on missing out on draft selection, Maguire’s ability to put into perspective how valuable his time with Sydney was showcases the maturity of one of the NEAFL’s best.