Kel Evans may have established himself as Canberra’s new running king, but the former Queanbeyan Tiger is more interested in making his NEAFL debut than claiming more pre-season testing titles this year.
The former the Queanbeyan Tigers midfielder caught the eye of Coach Kade Klemke in the AFL Canberra Competition last season, where Evans was crowned the Mulrooney Medallist as the league’s best and fairest player.
The 20-year-old showed his gratitude by winning the club’s pre and post-Christmas 2km time trials.
"Running is a big part of my game so I do put a lot of effort into trying to improve in that area," Evans said.
“It’s nice to see the training I have been doing is working and, more importantly, hopefully it can help my footy.”
“I’m really grateful that Kade and Shaun have given me a chance to develop my game and hopefully I can get my opportunity in the NEAFL this year.”
Although he has been leading them around the track so far this summer, Evans said he was very impressed by his new teammates’ fitness levels, in particular experienced midfielders Mitch Maguire, Jarrod Osborne and defender Riley Budd.
"Although fitness is key in footy, it really doesn't mean much if your running to the wrong spot," Evans said.
"Everyone is really fit but you can see that the experienced lads know how to use their fitness to find the footy more often without burning out."
"I'm just trying too learn off them."