Essendon spearhead Peter Wright says the Bombers will enter 2023 armed with extra ahead firepower as two stars agency for the opening rounds conflict with Hawthorn.
Wright mentioned a calf harm sustained on the finish of final month had given him “a scare” however scans had come again clear, with the reigning Bombers finest and fairest anticipating to play in each his facet’s observe matches towards Gold Coast and St Kilda.
“It was a reasonably clear scan truly and so far I’ve been constructing again up into full coaching,” Wright mentioned.
“I’ve been capable of do a whole lot of work even on the sidelines, nonetheless getting the working in, and I really feel actually match and able to go.
“Final week I did nearly all the things … I’ll play (within the intraclub match) on Thursday and transfer ahead to the match sims towards Gold Coast and the Saints.”
Wright mentioned he was thrilled for returning teammate Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti as he gained health and pushed for an early season return in his comeback from retirement.
“A match and well being Tony is best for everybody – he clearly provides a unique dynamic and I really feel like we’re beginning to appear like a extra various entrance six,” Wright mentioned.
“First issues first with Tony, we would like him to be having fun with his life and having fun with his footy, and I really feel like he’s been in a position to do this.
“He’s been actually wholesome the entire pre-season, I don’t suppose he’s missed a coaching session, which is absolutely necessary for him to construct his health up.”
With Jake Stringer a certainty to play within the Bombers’ Gold Coast scratch match in keeping with coach Brad Scott, and robust pre-season kind from Jye Menzie and Alwyn Davey Jr, Wright mentioned he was trying ahead to seeing the revamped assault take form.
“I’m unsure precisely how that appears in the intervening time and who that can be particularly, however we really feel like we’re going to have a whole lot of totally different threats up there in several methods,” he mentioned.
Turning into extra concerned at floor stage and linking with different teammates in assault was a key focus for Wright this pre-season, he mentioned.
“I really feel assured in my very own footy and the place it’s at. I nonetheless suppose I’ve obtained a whole lot of totally different areas that I actually wish to work on and simply actually construct on final 12 months,” he mentioned.
“I feel not simply making an attempt to mark or hit packs however looking for different methods, different avenues to affect, and I at all times wish to get extra constant and discover different methods to get folks into the sport.”