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Walters looks to step up

January 17, 2015 11:47:22 UK

Fremantle forward Michael Walters will try to take his game to a new level this year, taking on more of a leadership role in his seventh season with the Dockers.

Walters finished the 2014 campaign having clocked up his 50th appearance for the club and with 97 goals under his belt.

The Dockers’ 2013 leading goalkicker, whose 46 goals earned him a place in that year’s All Australian squad, was nominated earlier this week by team-mate Michael Barlow as someone who was showing growing leadership in pre-season.

He may find himself voted into the club’s leadership group when the count is taken in the coming weeks.

Walters says he isn’t seeking a formal role with the Dockers, who are 8.00 to win the Grand Final, but added: “I’ve been here seven years now and I feel like I need to step up. I’m 24 years of age and there’s a lot of other younger boys in the team.

“For me it’s just to give them advice. I don’t see that as being a leader, I just see that as being a good bloke.”

He missed a large chunk of last season due to ankle surgery, and his determination to hit the ground running this year saw him report to training early.

“I felt I really had to do it,” he said. “I just wanted get back; I put in the hard yards early. We’ve got less boys in rehab at the moment so for me that was the main drive behind coming back early.”

Walters says he has experienced no injury problems since suffering a slight setback in December when he needed minor shoulder surgery.

Fremantle, who are 1.85 to finish in the top four, finished fourth on the AFL ladder last year and exited the finals after losing to Sydney and then Port Adelaide.

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Walters looks to step up

January 17, 2015 11:47:22 UK

Fremantle forward Michael Walters will try to take his game to a new level this year, taking on more of a leadership role in his seventh season with the Dockers.

Walters finished the 2014 campaign having clocked up his 50th appearance for the club and with 97 goals under his belt.

The Dockers’ 2013 leading goalkicker, whose 46 goals earned him a place in that year’s All Australian squad, was nominated earlier this week by team-mate Michael Barlow as someone who was showing growing leadership in pre-season.

He may find himself voted into the club’s leadership group when the count is taken in the coming weeks.

Walters says he isn’t seeking a formal role with the Dockers, who are 8.00 to win the Grand Final, but added: “I’ve been here seven years now and I feel like I need to step up. I’m 24 years of age and there’s a lot of other younger boys in the team.

“For me it’s just to give them advice. I don’t see that as being a leader, I just see that as being a good bloke.”

He missed a large chunk of last season due to ankle surgery, and his determination to hit the ground running this year saw him report to training early.

“I felt I really had to do it,” he said. “I just wanted get back; I put in the hard yards early. We’ve got less boys in rehab at the moment so for me that was the main drive behind coming back early.”

Walters says he has experienced no injury problems since suffering a slight setback in December when he needed minor shoulder surgery.

Fremantle, who are 1.85 to finish in the top four, finished fourth on the AFL ladder last year and exited the finals after losing to Sydney and then Port Adelaide.

Don’t forget, all of the fantastic markets we have to offer, including In-Play betting, can be accessed on mobile or tablet with bet365 On The Move.

View all Australian Rules betting

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