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Day chats Ginnivan, pre-season training and expectations for 2024

Reigning best and fairest winner Will Day spoke with the media following Monday's training session.

Hawthorn's reigning best and fairest champion Will Day says he still believes he has another level to get to in 2024.
Despite only winning the club's highest honour the Peter Crimmins Medal just over a month ago, Day has quickly diverted his sights on an even bigger season next year.
Speaking to the media following training on Monday, the 22-year-old said he believes he has just scratched the surface with his capabilities as a midfielder.
"Having just completed my first year in the midfield, I've still got plenty to learn," Day added.
"I'll still look to Jai Newcombe and James Worpel who have been around the midfield a bit longer than me, I'm still going upwards and trying to find where I can get to.
"It was some nice recognition (to be awarded the Peter Crimmins Medal), to know that the coaches value the way I play and what I do for the team, but coming back to training, it feels like that's in the past and I've just got to keep moving forward."

Hear more of what Day had to say following Monday's training session.

On the return to training

"(My body) is going really well actually, in my first few pre-seasons I'd always had a few niggles here and there so it's nice to be going well at this stage. Having the senior boys around the club too is awesome for us younger guys, a lot of them were there all throughout the off-season period as a big group training together which was really nice."

On new recruit Jack Ginnivan

"I met him here and there before he arrived to the club, so it's good to have met him in the club environment now - he's going to be awesome for us. He's in good nick, it looks like he has been putting the work in which is really exciting to see. I think footy-wise just having him know where the goals are will be pretty handy... having him as a bit of a Luke Breust prodigy so to speak will be exciting. I'm sure around the club he'll be himself and that's something we really pride ourselves on. Sam is a big driver of that and everyone feels really comfortable around here."

On the competition for spots

"I think competition throughout the pre-season is massive, there was a lift on that last pre-season which helped us and I reckon this year again there are some guys that are really taking another step, especially for those midfield spot. We're going to have plenty gunning for that, so it's going to be really exciting and make the guys who are in there right now go to another level again."

On who's impressed on the track

"Josh Ward has had a few interruptions in his first couple years, so it's good to see his body holding up really well. I think he'll have an awesome pre-season. Then there is Cam Mackenzie and Josh Weddle who now have their first full pre-season, so it will be really exciting to see what they can do.""

On expectations for 2024

"We're really excited, but we also know now that we'll have plenty more games with a lot more expectation which is something we probably haven't had a lot of these few years. Going forward, if we want to be the team that's at the pointy end of the ladder, we need to get used to some expectations."

Watch the full press conference with Day below.


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