AFL: Jaspa Fletcher and Lions chasing premiership redemption

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Brisbane Lions younger gun Jaspa Fletcher is assured he can overcome second-year syndrome as he takes the primary steps on the lengthy street to premiership redemption following the heartbreak of final season’s grand last loss.

A father-son draft choice, the teenage midfielder made 14 appearances in his maiden AFL season after overcoming a again damage that delayed his entry into senior soccer.

Of the 14 matches, Fletcher was a part of a profitable group on 11 events, however sadly for him and the Lions, one of many three defeats was the four-point grand last loss to Collingwood in September.

“It was an incredible expertise,” Fletcher mentioned forward of the Lions’ first intra-club trial of 2024 on Friday at Springfield.

“To run on the market on grand last day in entrance of 100,000 folks at 19 years previous is at all times a dream come true.

“Clearly, consequence didn’t go our means. We had our moments, that they had their moments and it will likely be an incredible reflection of us for this yr to attempt and go one higher.

“You by no means wish to lose a grand last, and sadly, that occurred, however this yr we’re going for it once more.”

Fletcher is certain to get extra consideration from opponents this season, however he’s backing himself to enhance slightly than drop off in his performances as is usually the case with younger gamers after a breakout first yr.

“You do know that when you’re within the system one yr that you just’re all on a degree enjoying base now,” the son of former Bears and Lions midfielder Adrian Fletcher mentioned.

“You don’t are available as round-1 draft decide. You’re an AFL participant now, so that you’ve actually bought to carry your personal.

“I’m simply making an attempt to get as match as potential. That was my objective coming in to this pre-season.

“Final yr, I didn’t get to do it with my again damage, so I’m simply making an attempt to get by way of all of the coaching to verify my physique’s proper and be taught off the boys.

“We’ve bought such an incredible listing, particularly for me within the midfield. I’ve bought ‘Dunks’ (Josh Dunkley), ‘Hughy’ (Hugh McCluggage), ‘Bez’ (Jarrod Berry), ‘Choc’ (Lachie Neale) and all these of boys to actually be taught and get a little bit of expertise from.”

Fletcher, who turns 20 on February 24, hoped to enhance on his “inside sport” this season.

“Final yr, I discovered myself on the wing and a bit of little bit of half-back by way of the VFL,” he mentioned.

“To maintain engaged on my physique measurement and my physique work at stoppages is unquestionably a objective of mine, however on the identical time, I wish to maintain engaged on my strengths on my outdoors sport.

“It’s all about going on the market by way of the intra-club (video games) now and simply placing all of it collectively.”

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