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Sandilands stinging for new season

Chris Pike 01/02/2011 10:15:18 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands is 100 per cent fit and ready to again make life extremely difficult for opposition teams in the 2011 AFL season.

Despite earning All-Australian honours for the third straight year in 2010, Sandilands dealt with ongoing knee and foot problems that forced him to miss three games and impacted upon his finals series.

But the 211cm ruckman has had a strong pre-season and wants to keep his weight at or below 120 kilograms to sustain his best form.

"I've got no issues at all," he said in Perth on Tuesday.

"I don't feel the knee whatsoever so I'm happy with that. The foot is fine too.

"I had no dramas with the rest I had over the break, that gave it a good chance to settle and it's been really good.

"A bit of it now is about watching where my weight is at and then also getting loads of physio to manage those sorts of things so that the foot doesn't tighten up too much.

"Touchwood, though, it has been good."

Sandilands was also quizzed on the dramas surrounding St Kilda, where four players have been suspended for misusing alcohol and sleeping tablets on a pre-season trip.

The Fremantle big man denies AFL players have too much time on their hands.

"At the moment we're at the club six days a week and between three and four sessions a day, massage, training and all that," he said.

"There's not a lot of spare time and when you do go home, all you seem to be doing is sleeping and trying to recover for your next session.

"We definitely don't have too much spare time on our hands."

Sandilands' massive frame has been used in some different roles during his career, including in the forward line as a tall marking option.

He prefers to spend most of his time in the middle, but is not against sharing the rucking duties, if it can help him remain 100 per cent fit.

"I'd prefer being out on the ground than being on the bench," he said.

"But if it comes to being able to play a full season, having a few more minutes on the bench won't hurt. It will all depend on how the new interchange rule goes.

"One of the ways around it is having the resting ruckman spending more time forward so having (new recruit) Jonathan Griffen come over (from Adelaide) will help.

"He's in really good form for us at the moment running around on the track so hopefully between the two of us, and Zac Clarke's put on some serious size and is starting to look good as well, so we've got some options there."

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