and it was good to read about his improved running. Another preseason or two and he will be what we hope him to be.
Essendon assistant coach, and resident chef, Hayden Skipworth, who oversees the midfield group, said Stringer is putting in the work off the field and the past two weeks has started to reap some of the rewards.
“He does extra cross training three or four times a week with Paul Turk, one of the guys in charge of our high-performance program,” Skipworth told AFL.com.au this week.
"That’s a part of his weekly program – he jumps in the altitude chamber after main training sessions, does a swim, so he’s continually working on his aerobic ability and we’ve seen his GPS [running results] still climbing upwards.
“He ran about 13.5km last week, which was his personal best ever. We’re really happy with his progressions since he got here. He’s still aware he’s got work to do and areas to improve, but we can’t be happier with the way he’s improving.”
Structurally Stringer’s arrival has seen some trial and error for Essendon’s coaching staff. The premiership Bulldogs forward trained with the midfielders over the pre-season in part to help him learn the stoppage craft, but also to surround Stringer with the club’s best runners.
They didn’t anticipate he would be playing the large majority of his game time in that position, but in the opening three rounds of the year Stringer spent on average 53.7 per cent of his time on the ground in the midfield.