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Josh Jackson catches up with to chat about the pre-season, what’s changed and Aiden Tolman.

How have you found the pre-season?

It’s always tough at this time of the year, particular before Christmas. Training has been really good, it’s been positive. We have a lot of guys training well and a lot of competition for spots.

Has the approach to the summer been different this year?

It’s always disappointing to go out the way we did, so the boys really wanted to get in, train hard, rip in and do better next year.  We want to start the year really well and hopefully get that early top four spot, because I think that’s crucial to being there at the back end of the year. There is still a long way to go, but will rip in.

What’s been the focus over the summer?

This time of the year it’s about working hard and trying to get the miles in the legs and get the conditioning right. We’re doing a bit of ball work and skills as well, which has definitely changed. Moey (Moses Mbye) and Grubby (Josh Reynolds) are really working hard in that area to make sure all the plays are going the right way and I think we’re going to be pretty sharp in 2017.

Can you see a change in the boys?

All we can do at this time of the season is work hard and make sure we’re doing everything right.

How important is the re-signing of Aiden Tolman?

It’s great news for the club. He’s a great leader on and off the field and for him to be a part of the Bulldogs for the next four years, is a real positive for the club.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.