Needless to say, Essendon have gone through a unique time over the last few years however after a 2017 season filled with promise that ended on a sour note, midfielder David Myers has revealed the club conducted a ‘top to bottom’ review in order to seek improvement for 2018.
Speaking on RSN radio on Tuesday morning, Myers said it was a necessary step to get where they wanted to go as a group.
“The whole club took a look at itself – players and coaches – top to bottom, after the way we fell out of finals last year, which was pretty disappointing,” Myers said.
“They’ve (coaches) taken feedback on board from every angle and we’ve all made the changes we feel like we had [to make] to put ourselves in a position to play better and achieve more this year.”
“I think most clubs at the end of the year, as part of their exit process, would do the same thing,” Myers said.
“It’s just a wider-reaching survey or insight into every level at the club, and every department, and get a feel for what they felt worked well, what could be improved, a bit of a look at yourself at where you think you can get better.
“That was certainly part of the process we went through last year and we were pretty thorough about it because we want to get to where we want to be quickly.”
Young gun Andrew McGrath, who was one of the clear highlights from their 2017 campaign, is set for a full-time role in the midfield next season and Myers added that last year’s AFL Rising Star had improved ‘out of sight’.
“’Pidge’ has been outstanding,” Myers said.
“His work ethic is first-rate and that’s why he’s had the year he had last year and that’s why he’s going to play great football.”
“If he wanted to play mid and they choose to play him more as a full-time mid this year then he’ll more than hold his own,” he said.
“He’s a pretty impressive young man. “