- Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Written: Michael Barr | Photo: Fremantle FC
Young Subiaco player Michael Wood had a meteoric rise in 2013; emerging from a Colts key forward to an exciting pick in the AFL rookie draft.
With pick number 16 the Fremantle Dockers elected to take the promising young forward.
Fast forward two months later and Wood has been working hard at his new home in South Fremantle.
“It’s very different, football has become full time and the intensity at training is harder. We have our main sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday which involve cardio and weights, and then we have lighter days on Tuesday and Thursday which are skill based sessions,” said Wood
The 19 year old joins an AFL club renowned for their culture; who have won 33-14 since Ross Lyon’s addition as head coach in 2012.
Wood said the feeling of family was immediately present; seamlessly accepted amongst the 2013 runners up.
“There’s a really good culture at the club where it’s friendly off the park, but as soon it comes to training it’s all about focus. I was a bit awed and quiet to start off with, but once everyone knows your face it feels like family.”
With the Fremantle Football club holding high hopes for the 2014 AFL season, Wood has realistic goals within his own game.
“Coming to a successful club full of talent it’s going to be extremely hard to break into the side; so I’m focusing on getting as many league games for Peel as possible and put on a bit of weight in the gym.”
And in regards to Round Four of the WAFL season; Wood admits it’s going to be strange facing his old friends at the Subiaco Lions.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much, but it’s going to be strange playing against mates. It will probably be a bit more nerve-wracking than any of the other fixtures this year, but I look forward to it.”
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