Committed Blakey out to attack pre-season

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Re-signed for 2018, Mason Blakey is primed for a big summer. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)

The decision to re-sign for the Northern Blues was a ‘no-brainer’ for Mason Blakey.

Following an accomplished first season which saw him end the year in the senior side, Blakey was announced as one of the club’s three primary re-signings last week.

Alongside Kane Keppel and Marcus Stavrou, Blakey forms part of a young group tasked with driving the Blues forward.

It was being part of the future direction of the club that Blakey said was one of the reasons why Northern was the only choice for the 19-year-old.

“I just really loved it last year, there was a lot of enjoyment with my footy and the atmosphere around the club,” Blakey said.

“We’ve still got a way to go but we’re definitely heading in the right direction and I want to be part of it.”

Returning from overseas last week, Blakey said the return to the training track was a welcomed one – but not without its challenges.

“The first night was a tough one, but it’s great to get back. It was a bit hot for me with a bit of sunburn and a bit of spew, which is always good!”

Following a back-end to the 2017 season which saw him feature among his side’s best-performed players, Blakey said his goals for next year were straightforward.

First things first, a return to full fitness and getting a full year under the belt will hopefully provide the springboard for the youngster.

“It’d be nice to get through the start of the season without getting injured and missing 15 weeks,” Blakey said.

“My goal is to get some endurance under my belt, I’ve been out with a bit of a lower back injury which is on the improve.”

“It’s definitely the plan to build on the six games that I played last season. It’s all about building my game and backing up, getting some consistent VFL performances under my belt.”

As news hit Preston City Oval last week about Cameron O’Shea’s drafting to Carlton, there was a noticeable buzz amongst the current Northern Blues players.

Blakey said the fact the 2017 Laurie Hill Trophy winner had been rewarded was cause for optimism for the playing group – as was the way in which some Blues were going about their training.

“Of the returning boys, Deven Costigan has certainly stood out: he’s put on a bit of size and had a really good night on the track,” Blakey said.

“It was very exciting to see Cam get his just reward after working extremely hard throughout the year.

“It’s given everyone a boost: it just goes to show everyone that there’s an opportunity going forward if we do all the work.”