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Lumumba upbeat over Demons pre-season

January 01, 2015 10:56:37 UK

Heritier Lumumba is confident he can help the Demons be successful.

It’s nine years since Melbourne last made the AFL finals, but Heritier Lumumba is feeling positive about his move to the Demons.

Lumumba left Collingwood after a decade and 199 games in an off-season trade which has taken him to Gosch’s Paddock.

And the 2010 premiership player is upbeat about his new home, saying he believes playing for the Demons, who are 11.00 to finish in the top eight, can take his game to “another level” in 2015.

I’ve really relished the changes in perspectives and philosophies around training from the sports science group to the medical staff and also the coaches and assistant coaches.

Heritier Lumumba

Lumumba said he has enjoyed the different tweaks to the pre-season program, with Melbourne having upped the intensity of their training under Paul Roos.

“I’ve really relished the changes in perspectives and philosophies around training from the sports science group to the medical staff and also the coaches and assistant coaches,” said the 28-year-old.

“Those changes are things that I feel as though will allow me to get the best out of myself as an athlete and go to another level.”

The 2010 All-Australian says though it’s his first pre-season with the Demons, he can tell the training program has changed. That’s backed up by veteran midfielder Daniel Cross’ assessment of one pre-Christmas session as the toughest in his career.

Lumumba said the players were embracing the challenges, and the workload was on a par with what he had experienced under Nathan Buckley at Collingwood.

“There’s been times where I’ve felt as though it’s been my first year again, walking into a brand new club environment,” said Lumumba, who had been with the Magpies since the 2004 National Draft.

“The thing that is different is that I do have the 10 years of experience, which has been really valuable to make the transition.”

The Demons, who are 4.60 to suffer most losses in 2015, finished 17th last season with four wins, avoiding the wooden spoon thanks to their superior percentage to St Kilda.

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