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Bombers back on the Bellarine

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ESSENDON will train at Ocean Grove on Wednesday morning as part of training camp on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Bombers, who will stay in Barwon Heads on Tuesday night, were also here in February.

Development coach James Kelly says it’s a good chance to break-up pre-season training.

“Everyone knows pre-season is pretty long and tough, so to break that up a little bit in any way you can is always helpful,” Kelly said.

“It’s good that it coincides with a lighter training week for us before a big week before we finish next week.

“More than anything it’s a good opportunity just to freshen up, have a change of scenery and spend some time together away from the busyness of the footy club.”

For many of Essendon faithful who live in the region, it will be their first chance to see star off-season recruit Dylan Shiel.

Kelly says the former Greater Western Sydney midfielder is adjusting well to his new surrounds.

“I understand as well as anyone how hard it is to come into a new club and see where you fit,” he said.

“’Are my jokes at this club funny like they were at my last club?’. It’s all an adjustment.

“He seems to have fitted in really well; he’s a great bloke and a very talented player.

“He’s contributing to the group and in meetings, and he’s super-professional, which is only good for our young players to be around as well.

“We picked him up knowing what we were getting … he hasn’t let us down at all.”

Former Cat Kelly is entering his second season as a development coach with the Bombers after retiring at the end of 2017.

“It’s going well; I really like it. It’s a really good role,” he said.

“I knew I wanted to coach when I finished (playing), so it’s the made transition really easy. I’ve just been able to slide into to being a coach.

“I work really close with (midfield coach) Hayden Skipworth who’s a great coach and someone I learn something off every day.

“I’m getting a really good apprenticeship.”

Essendon will commence training at 9 am at Ray Menzies Oval on Shell Road, Ocean Grove. Players will sign autographs following the session.

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