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Weightman eyes 2021 opportunity

Cody Weightman has his sights set on trying to break into the AFL team next year.

The small snapshot of what Cody Weightman brought to the table in 2020 was enough to get Western Bulldogs supporters excited about the future.

And the 19-year-old has his sights set on trying to break into the AFL team on a more permanent basis next year.

Weightman joined the Bulldogs with pick 15 in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft, playing three games in his debut season and kicking an incredible check-side goal with his first touch in senior football.

The motivated teenager has been back at pre-season training for the past two weeks with the Bulldogs’ first-to-fourth year crew, looking for areas to improve his game.

With the likes of Weightman, Aaron Naughton and number one draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan coming through the ranks, the Bulldogs boast some talented, young forward prospects.

“I want to be a small forward, I want to make that my craft and what I do for – hopefully - the next 10-plus years,” Weightman told 3AW Sportsday.

“That’s something I’m working really hard on at the moment. I want to master my craft as a forward and see where that can take me.

“I’ve changed my ways a little bit in recent years, where I used to be very goal-driven and have performance goals and things I’d like to achieve.

“I’ve broken it up more to weekly goals and things I want to achieve weekly to make sure I have a real specific focus on the process, without too much focus on the end goal.

“That’s something that’s already helped me this pre-season compared to last year.”

 

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