AFL star Adam Goodes says he can lift
Sydney champion Adam Goodes believes he can lift his already-stellar game to another level this season by displaying improved efficiency in his goalkicking and skill levels.
About to embark on his 14th season this Saturday against new crosstown rival, Greater Western Sydney, Goodes showed no sign of slowing down in 2011, winning his third best and fairest award.
Even with 300 games, two Brownlow Medals, a premiership and a heap of other accomplishments already in his portfolio, 32-year-old Goodes is adamant he can still get better, at an age when most players are winding down.
“I never see myself as the complete player. I always think I can improve,” Goodes said.
“A couple of things that I really wanted to improve over this pre-season has just been my goalkicking efficiency and my skill efficiency.
“If I can really improve in those areas, I can really see my game going to a next level.”
The Sydney co-captain said he took pride in evolving his game so he remained difficult to match up on.
“I remember a coach very early in my career say ‘be the hardest player to play on so the opposition players don’t want to play on you and that when they come to you, they know they are going to have a really tough day at the office’,” Goodes said.
“I really have taken that on board and tried to improve my fitness, my strength, my agility, to make sure that every year I’m throwing different things at opposition that they might not have seen before.
He wasn’t expecting any favours or reductions to his training regime the way old friend and former teammate Michael O’Loughlin had towards the end of his career.
“Micky O was a special athlete. He was able to do not much but still perform at a very high level, whereas I think I’m probably the opposite,” Goodes said.
“I need to do as much training as possible to stay at that level and keep going.”
GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said he was looking to throw something different at the Swans.
“We must give Sydney what they don’t really know and don’t necessarily want,” Sheedy said.
Sydney coach John Longmire said he was going into the game fully expecting the unexpected.
“We’ll play what we see confronts us on game day. We’re planning for a few different scenarios,” Longmire said.© AAP 2013