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Rozee feeling the love at Port

Connor Rozee press conference - 17 December 2018 - PTV Connor speaks to the media in Noosa.

FOUR weeks into his AFL career, Connor Rozee says it’s been nothing but a warm welcome at the Port Adelaide Football Club – in more ways than one.

Training in the searing Noosa heat and humidity at the club’s pre-season camp has proven a tough physical feat for Port Adelaide’s first pick in the 2018 National Draft.

But it’s the reception Rozee and the club’s 10 other new players have received from their fellow teammates which has really left him feeling the warmth.

“Physically it’s been really tough, but I think I’ve developed a really strong bond with some of the players already which has been really good,” Rozee told media in Noosa on Monday afternoon.

“[We’ve been] able to open up a bit more and share a bit more about our stories and that’s helped us to become a fair bit closer as well.

“The older players being able to have that connection with some of the younger players has really helped, and I think that’ll help on and off the field next year - I think we’re a really close group.”

 

The support of his new teammates has been key to getting through the pre-season camp, and it’s also helped the young utility to develop some focus areas for the remainder of the pre-season.

Rozee’s set several personal goals to get himself ready for football at the elite level – he aims to increase his running load and size over the coming months.

“Endurance is one of the main things that I think I need to work on to play AFL football next year, so hopefully I can get that up a fair bit before the start of the season,” he said.

“We’ve done a fair bit of running up here, that’s been pretty solid.

“Obviously I’m not he biggest boy out there, so I think putting on a little bit of size and getting a bit better at my contested football will help me leading into the start of next year and hopefully I’ll get a few games.”

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