Essendon coach John Worsfold impressed by Jake Stringer but offering no guarantees
JAKE Stringer has impressed in his first few weeks as a Bomber, but coach John Worsfold says no player is a lock to play in Round 1.
The premiership-winning former Bulldog was traded to The Hangar in October and has been training with the midfield group so far this preseason.
But Worsfold said nothing is guaranteed, with a seamless preseason key to the 23-year-old winning a berth.
“He’s training really well. We know his unique attributes as a player and we’re seeing them on the training track already,” he said.
“We’ve been really impressed with his midfield stoppage work as well, so it’s exciting.
“I wouldn’t say anyone is a Round 1 lock. We’ve got a pretty talented squad now and everyone is training really well.
“I would expect that if he’s had a really solid preseason and doesn’t miss a beat, that he would be in our best team.”
Skipper Dyson Heppell said that Stringer has had plenty to offer both on and off-field, with “a few dinners” helping the new Bombers fit into the group.
“We’ve seen his ability,” Heppell said.
“He’s been working a fair bit with the midfield group and he’s got that strong body and power around the ball so I think that’ll add another element to the group.”
Worsfold said defence will remain a focus as the team plots its assault on 2018