Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman will look to build on the end to his 2017 season as he pushes for a new contract at season’s end.
Seedsman, who has been hampered by niggling groin and hamstring injuries during his time in South Australia, played just five games last season, breaking his way into the team in round 19 before playing all three finals with the club.
Now free of those injuries, the 26-year-old is focused on his football heading into a contract year.
“Your football’s going to get you another contract,” Seedsman told AFL.com.au.
“You try not to think about it too much, it’s there, you’re 26, you’re out of contract at the end of the year, but I’m more looking at what’s going into the process of week to week.
“It sounds very clichéd, but I’m just setting goals and making sure I’m in the right headspace and performing and just trusting myself.”
Despite his body letting him down at different times of his career, Seedsman has still loved his time in Adelaide and hopes there’s a few more years left at the club.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time here, going into my third year, even though I’ve had those injuries,” he said.
“Away from football, with the friends I’ve made over here, the boys around the club, it’s just a really well-run football club.
“I’m out of contract at the end of this year, but I’d love to stay around.”
The pain of the grand final loss last season still hurts, but Seedsman believes the result can turn the group into a hungrier team this season.
“Everyone was hurting,” Seedsman said.
“I’d say it has brought us even closer because we now know what that feels like.
“We can never change the result, but going forward, everyone’s looking forward to getting back there and have another chance of winning it.”