Sam Fisher wants to achieve success with the Northern Blues in 2019. (PHOTO: Cristian Filippo)
THE desire to push for team success was a key reason behind Sam Fisher re-committing to the Northern Blues in 2019.
Late last year, it was announced that Fisher would once again be a Blue for the VFL season, after impressing in his first season in the competition.
The midfielder enjoyed a stellar run at the back-end of the season, proving to be a driving force behind Northern’s resurgence in the final six weeks.
It was that form from the team which gave Fisher the confidence that the team was on track for big things in the upcoming season.
“Tasting a little bit of success in the back half of the season and building together as a group has really increased that desire to be part of some success here and try to win a premiership,” Fish said.
“That’s my main aim this season. To help the team be as successful as possible.”
In 2018, Fisher built consistently throughout the year and ultimately enjoyed a strong debut season at Northern. That included being voted the Bullant Players Player of the Year, as well as running second in the Laurie Hill Trophy.
His improvement as a midfielder alongside captain Tom Wilson formed the foundation for Northern’s six-week stretch, which has caused optimism on the training track at Ikon Park.
Fisher believes that has only added to the group’s determination throughout another taxing pre-season.
“I’ve been impressed by the group as a whole this pre-season, to be honest,” he said.
“A lot of the boys have grown their strengths over the off-season and over pre-season, which has a big impact on our training standards.”
The addition of some key recruits has only heightened the mood amongst the playing group, with three players from AFL backgrounds signing for the 2019 season.
Having been in that position 12 months ago, Fisher said the new Blue trio hadn’t taken long to make an impact.
“‘Rourkey’, AJ and ‘Collo’ are all really experienced footballers who have been in the AFL system,” he said.
"I still want to have another crack at the elite level."
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“They’ve already helped the group massively both on and off the field.”
The playing group has recently returned from their annual pre-season camp, having just endured a weekend in Anglesea.
Fisher said the camp had been a great opportunity to connect as a group, with the VFL setting normally limiting training to just a few hours per week.
“We had our biggest session of the pre-season at the camp in Anglesea. The main theme was definitely about strengthening the relationships through the group,” he said.
“That’ll play a massive part in us being successful.
“A lot of players put their hands and played well in the scratch match which was really good to see.”