Higher standards and greater stability at Essendon is already being seen by the playing group, with emerging Bombers star Nic Martin excited by the direction the club is taking under senior coach Brad Scott.

The Tullamarine club were deep into the finals race before a late season fade saw them finish in 13th, recording 11 wins in Scott's first year at the helm.

The Bombers boss made note of the standards surrounding the playing group's training habits away from the club at the end of 2023 campaign, with an onus put on his players to come back to pre-season in tip-top shape.

More than a dozen players have linked up in Arizona for training, while those based in Melbourne have also combined for their own personal sessions over the pre-season.

A strong contingent of players returned to the Hangar on Monday to commence pre-season training, with Martin noting to media that the changes have been noticeable across his time with the club.

"The standards have definitely lifted from what I've seen in the last two years," Martin said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Nic Martin of the Bombers avoids a tackle during the round one AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

"I think that'll put the group in a really good stead going forward. More groups are starting to train together in the off-season."

Martin signed a three-year extension with the Bombers during the off-season to now be penned to Essendon until the end of 2027, with the Western Australian among the exciting crop of young Dons players that will look to steer the club in the long term.

The 22-year-old said he had never considered a move away from the Bombers, with Scott playing a significant role in his decision to recommit with a year left to run on his contract.

"It was a nice smooth process for me. It was only Essendon," Martin said.

"We've seen a lot of change in my first two years but I think now we're getting some stability.

"I love where the group is going, and Brad has been a big part of that. I'm really excited and really fortunate as well."

Martin's role for 2024 is yet to be locked in, with the Subiaco product able to play both inside and outside midfield and as a forward target.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Nic Martin of the Bombers high fives fans after winning the round one AFL match between Hawthorn Hawks and Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground, on March 19, 2023, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

With the arrival of new recruit Xavier Duursma and Martin's versatility, the young Bombers star is yet to learn what position he'll hold down next season.

"I'm not too sure," he revealed.

"We're really excited to get Xavier across and onboard. An obviously fantastic player and wingman as well which is really good and exciting for our group.

"Where my role ends up I'm not too sure, I'm open to the possibilities of where I'll end up whether it's forward, midfield or wing.

"I love floating between forward and wing, and the uncertainty it creates with the opposition and the flexibility I have to go between roles."

Martin has played 44 games since joining Essendon in the 2022 pre-season, booting 36 goals and averaging 21 disposals per game to have an instant impact at the AFL level.