Pre-season Media | Cam Smith
Wednesday 16 January 2013 2:32 PM
Melbourne Storm captain Cam Smith is confident that his side is right on track after a tough pre-season campaign.
Speaking to the media today, the Queensland and Australian captain believes his side is looking fit and has adjusted well to changes within the playing roster.
“Overall the squad is looking really good, we’re looking pretty fit at the moment and looking forward to a big 2013 season,” Smith said.
“From what I have seen so far the boys are in really good shape, the training sessions have been really great and the new guys are fitting in really well.”
Personally, a break after a lengthy season in which the number nine played no fewer than 30 games has meant that Smith has returned to training feeling refreshed and energised.
“I was fortunate enough to have a fairly lengthy off season the coaching staff and the medical staff, they were pretty kind, they gave me an extra couple of weeks off,” Smith said.
“I’m feeling really good now and excited to be back at training, looking forward to our pre-season game and then heading over to England for the World Club Challenge.”
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The World Club Challenge has been a major focus of Melbourne’s pre-season and Smith is certain all players will be doing all that they can to be part of the travelling party who travel to England in February.
“The boys are excited, as I said, this time of year is really tough but everyone is really keen to play strong in our trial in Geelong against Canberra so they can try and get a ticket on that plane to get over to England and play in the World Club Challenge,” Smith said.
To break up the often gruelling sessions experienced by players throughout the pre-season, this week coaching staff organised a fun, left of field session for some of the playing group. A selection of players travelled to Bounce Inc, an indoor trampoline park located in Glen Iris for a training session of a different kind.
“It’s something different with training, obviously this time of year it’s pretty hard going, it gets a little bit monotonous at times,” Smith said.
“The coaching staff wanted to get the boys to do something a bit different, a little bit fun, get some smiles back on the faces because it has been a pretty long pre-season.”
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