North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein is happy to continue last year’s hefty AFL workload, saying his body is up for the challenge.
Goldstein was the Kangaroos’ sole ruckman for most of the season, breaking a 23-year league record for the most hitouts in a year.
He was rewarded with his first All-Australian selection and club best-and-fairest award.
It was clearly the 25-year-old’s best season and he has no qualms about trying to repeat the effort.
“I don’t see why I can’t play whatever role the coaches want,” he said.
“If that’s me playing on my own, like I did last year, then that’s fine.
“If they want to add another ruckman in, I will just have to adjust my game.
“I’m not worried about my body at all.”
Goldstein also said on Monday that he wants to improve his game further, especially around the ground.
“I made a lot of mistakes through the year,” he said.
“Obviously my ruck work was quite good, but … having an impact around the ground is the key that I need to keep working on.
“I don’t anyone in the AFL has ever played the perfect season.”
The No.1 goal at North this season is achieving premiership perfection after making the last two preliminary finals.
They want to start by winning the opening round, which has eluded them in Brad Scott’s seven seasons as coach.
Last year, Adelaide mauled them by 77 points and it immediately raised questions about North’s credentials.
“We should almost skip round one and go to round two – that would be better for us,” Goldstein said.
“It’s definitely been a focus.
“We’ve played more intraclub games than we’ve ever played.”
Midfielder Daniel Wells, who only managed two senior games last year because of injury, has been a standout during the pre-season.
“He’s looking unbelievable, he’s almost like having a new draftee this year,” he said.