After suffering injury and missing out on being selected at last year's National Draft, Nathan Drummond is ready for a big season with the Murray Bushrangers.MATTHEW GALEA March 13, 2014 4:10am
Nathan Drummond has been bruised and battered, but he’s not defeated.
Drummond went into last year’s National Draft rated as a genuine chance of being picked up after testing well all year, but a lack of appearances for the Murray Bushrangers and Victoria Country at AFL Under-18 National Championships due to injury proved costly.
Missing out was just as painful as the bone bruising that proved so costly.
‘‘Last year was disappointing with the bone bruising through my ankle,’’ Drummond said.
‘‘That’s part of footy though, so you just have to move on and get on with it, and hopefully this year I can stay on the park which is important.’’
The nature of his injury meant recovery was long and, at times, testing.
‘‘It’s just something that takes a lot of time and while it can happen again, I’ve done the best I can to strengthen it while it was weak,’’ Drummond said.
‘‘I haven’t had any issues with it during pre-season, so I just keep it strapped and that’s just the best way to go about it.’’
While Drummond might have missed out, he saw a number of friends, including former Bushies teammates Jarman Impey and Nick Holman as well as best friend Zach Merrett, enjoy success in the draft, which has only made him hungrier.
‘‘It definitely increases that desire to make it and increased my motivation to work hard over summer and have a really hot crack,’’ Drummond said.
A big effort before pre-season had even started is evidence of that desire, and having put in the hard yards, Drummond feels he is ready to tackle his third season with the Bushies with everything he has.
‘‘There’s a lot of sacrifice that goes on over the summer and that’s probably when the cameras are away and people aren’t watching,’’ Drummond said.
‘‘It was pretty structured; I’d do four or five runs, three or four weight sessions, some cross-training and that sort of thing. If I’m feeling a bit tired I’ll do some more recovery.’’
Drummond said pre-season had been a bit different this time around, as he adapted to playing with a lot of players that were coming through the ranks beneath him during the past two years, but he sees it as another opportunity for growth.
‘‘I always like to think I can improve in everything that footy has to offer, even in the off-the-field stuff like leadership and stuff that isn’t skills stuff,’’ Drummond said.
‘‘I think a lot of kids would look up to me as someone that has played at this level and that they can bounce stuff off, so I’m happy to do that for them.’’
Toolamba pole dancer Michaela Webster wins two awards at Australia Pole Championships in Canberra.
Paradise Queen owner Travis Smith is preparing to take on hundreds of runners at this year’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival to be held on October 18-19.
Billed as ‘Fabulous Flowers and Fine Food’, Tatura’s Anglican Church Parish had a successful fundraiser on Thursday, September 4.
Echuca police officers were joined by community members at a National Police Remembrance Day serivce on Monday.
Darren Pain from Sportspower is encouraging people to support small businesses on Saturday.
National Party ticket up for grabs
Rail line manager sends out warning after trespassers get too close to tracks to take photos.
Terry Hogan has stood down as Mayor of Jerilderie Shire due to an ongoing battle with cancer.
Heathcote cheerleader Taylah Kurrle is part of the Cheer Factor All Stars team for the Duel in the Desert championship in Palm Springs, California.
International cricket superstar Adam Gilchrist becomes number-one ticket holder and junior program ambassador for local club.
Deni Ute Muster thank myriad of volunteers.
The only consistent thing about frost damage in crops was its random nature, a cropping expert told his field day audience at Finley last Friday.
Tears flowed freely from players and supporters on Sunday when Benalla lost the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final by three points.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.