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high in­ten­sity, tack­led.

There are tests on de­ci­sion­mak­ing, as well as hav­ing to ex­e­cute tweaks to your team’s game­plan on the fly.

You’ll watch hours of train­ing and game vi­sion, de­con­struct­ing what you do well — as a team and in­di­vid­u­ally — and what you do wrong, and why.

You have to know where ev­ery player should be in any sit­u­a­tion, struc­ture and time left in the game.

You’ll be ex­pected to re­cover af­ter run­ning 18km in the morn­ing and back up with while be­ing gru­elling weights the af­ter­noon.

Of course, with such a heavy work­load you have to look af­ter your body, squeez­ing in phys­io­ther­apy and mas­sage ses­sions.

If you don’t, you’ll than likely break down.

At Syd­ney you would al­ways find Adam Goodes in the ice baths.

The 372-game cham­pion would en­sure his body re­cov­ered as fast as pos­si­ble, know­ing he would have to go back to the well that af­ter­noon.

This will go on week af­ter ses­sions in more week — and some clubs’ pre­sea­son cam­paigns are al­most as long as the sea­son it­self.

Last sea­son, the Bris­bane Lions’ pre-sea­son lasted from Novem­ber 7 to March 24 — 138 days.

Their sea­son was March 24 to Au­gust 20 — 149 days.

Last week, the 2018 cam­paigns of some clubs of­fi­cially started, but don’t think for a sec­ond they had not al­ready got un­der way weeks ago. TONY ARM­STRONG PLAYED 35 GAMES FOR ADE­LAIDE, SYD­NEY AND COLLING­WOOD FROM 2010-15.

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