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Thurlow looks to lock away spot

Jackson Thurlow in action at training before Christmas. (krockfootball.com.au image/Al Packer)

IN the middle of his first full pre-season in three years, Jackson Thurlow has set his sights on locking down a regular spot in Geelong’s star-studded midfield.

However, the 23-year-old is well aware what he wants and what he gets are sometimes out of his control.

“I’m hoping to settle in the midfield, hopefully in one of those wing roles,” Thurlow, who has played 39 games since being drafted in late 2012, said.

“But so much can happen in a pre-season. Players have good pre-seasons which can put you down the list.

“Or you could have a good pre-season which puts you up the list.

“A lot can happen. I’m just trying to work on my game.”

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Thurlow has focused on improving his ability in contested situations, but also knows he can play a role with his run-and-carry.

“We need players to be the real linebreakers, who can run long distances at high speeds, and I’m trying to do that,” he said.

“Obviously I’ve got a long way to, but building that side of my game will go along away to me, hopefully, playing (AFL).

Thurlow played 10 games in 2017 after missing all off the previous year with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a pre-season game against Essendon in Shepparton.

Indifferent form and a calf injury limited the Tasmanian’s appearances at AFL level, but is confident a clear run to Round 1 will hold him in good stead.

“Coming off 12 months out of the game can play on your mind a fair bit,” Thurlow said.

“Coming into this year fresh … you just want to get after it, rather than having not much of a break after a long stint on the sidelines.

“(When) you train the whole way through, it seems like it’s a bit of a grind.

“But this year, (I’m) definitely coming in fresh and hopefully it holds me in good stead.”

Thurlow admits his knee played on his mind early in his playing return last year.

“But not any more. I’m strong as a I’ve ever been in my legs, my knee’s strong.” he said.

“Everything seems to be going well with my body.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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