New Essendon recruit Jake Stringer is set to move into the midfield this season, with the former Bulldog training with the Bombers’ midfield group.
Stringer is currently easing back in to full training but is doing the bulk of his work with the midfielders, with teammate Michael Hurley telling reporters he’ll be a welcomed addition into the engine room at the Bombers.
“He’s done the majority of his pre-season with the midfield group which has been great,” Hurley said on Friday.
“He’s really explosive and his power around the ball and his strength and just his size will help us. Some of our midfielders are on the smaller side so to throw that big body in there will be great.
“Before Christmas I didn’t get to see a whole lot of them (the recruits) because I was over on the far oval running laps but even Jake this morning was explosive and Devon Smith is going to add a heap and for me personally playing alongside Saady (Adam Saad) is going to be real exciting, just give him the ball and let him run.”
Hurley himself is only back training with the main group this week, after undergoing to knife in the off-season.
The defender had both hip and wrist surgery late last year and has now finally rejoined full training, and is hopeful now of putting together some strong sessions on the park.
“Pre-Christmas was more so just running and getting back into it but I’m feeling good now,” Hurleysaid.
“The hand’s going well and the hip’s going well so hopefully I can maintain some training for the next month or so.”
Hurley was also asked whether or not Cale Hooker would re-join him down in the backline, although the 2017 All-Australian understands he’ll be a required player at the other end of the field.
“I’d love to [have Hooker in defence],” Hurley said.
“He’s obviously a star down back but I think the plan is for him to stay down forward and continue to work with Joey (Daniher) and the other guys,.”