Tory Dickson might be the oldest player on the Western Bulldogs’ list, but he certainly doesn’t feel that way.
The experienced forward is full of excitement ahead of 2020, as he looks to build on last year’s campaign where he slotted 24 goals from 17 outings.
After playing just 17 games due to injury across the two years prior – in 2017 and 2018 – Dickson knows he has plenty of good footy ahead of him.
“I’m the oldest at the club – I’m 32,” Dickson told media on opening day of the team’s Sunshine Coast pre-season camp.
“All the boys tell me how old I am. I am the oldest, but I don’t feel that way.
“I obviously started when I was 24, so I sort of missed six years playing VFL before getting onto an AFL list.
“I had groin issues and then the hamstring issues (in 2017-18) so there was two years I can’t really get back… but I had a strong pre-season the year before, and it set me up for a really good year last year.
“I haven’t had any niggles or injuries this year. So far, so good – touch wood. Full steam ahead.”
The Bulldogs will spend the next 10 days on the Sunshine Coast, training and bonding in the heat.
Dickson is expecting plenty of tough sessions to come – including Sunday’s big match simulation session – after a light run on Wednesday.
“As soon as we stepped off the plane the humidity hit me and I was really struggling to breathe,” Dickson said.
“But that’s why we come up here, for that hit out and block of training in the heat, so it’s good to be back.”