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A WIDE-RANGING review Essendon conducted after its disappointing finals exit should have the club prepared to break its September drought, midfielder David Myers says.
Sydney dismantled Essendon by 65 points in an elimination final to end the Bombers’ 2017 campaign.
The Bombers have not won a final since 2004, when they lost in the second week to Geelong.
Myers told radio station RSN on Tuesday the club was determined to improve.
“The whole club took a look at itself – players and coaches – top to bottom, after the way we fell out of finals last year, which was pretty disappointing,” Myers said.
“They’ve (coaches) taken feedback on board from every angle and we’ve all made the changes we feel like we had [to make] to put ourselves in a position to play better and achieve more this year.”
The 28-year-old said the review was nothing out of the ordinary.
“I think most clubs at the end of the year, as part of their exit process, would do the same thing,” Myers said.
"It’s just a wider-reaching survey or insight into every level at the club, and every department, and get a feel for what they felt worked well, what could be improved, a bit of a look at yourself at where you think you can get better.
“That was certainly part of the process we went through last year and we were pretty thorough about it because we want to get to where we want to be quickly.”
Meanwhile, Myers is optimistic Andrew McGrath can have an immediate impact in the midfield.
Last year’s NAB AFL Rising Star winner lined up mostly in defence last year but ended the season with more stints through the middle and is poised to become a full-time onballer.
“His work ethic is first-rate and that’s why he’s had the year he had last year,” Myers said.
“He has spent a lot more time in and around the mids at training throughout pre-season so far and even in the short time we have been training, just his craft and getting used to playing inside, he’s improved out of sight.”