Fast and furious: Jack Riewoldt. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Richmond's Jack Riewoldt continues to impress at training and has dropped weight in a bid to play at centre half-forward this season.
Riewoldt, traditionally a full-forward, has had hip and knee surgery but, according to skipper Trent Cotchin, has excelled in his bid to improve his endurance, having slimmed down from his listed playing weight of 94 kilograms.
''I think he's had a real focus on what he's eating and also his training,'' Cotchin said on Friday. ''He hasn't missed a beat with his rehab program and now he's joining into training. He looks fit, he's running with some of our better bigger blokes with their running capacity, so it's exciting. We'll just have to wait and see how he plays.''
If Riewoldt, who booted 58 goals last season and was rated elite by Champion Data for the pressure he applied inside the attacking 50, was to play further up the ground, it would allow recruit Shaun Hampson to be used at full-forward.
Determined to build on last year's return to the finals, the Tigers had 17 players record personal bests last weekend in a two-kilometre time trial.
Dustin Martin, after an unsettling end to the 2013 season when contract discussions became a major issue, has flourished during the pre-season and a change of role could materialise. Martin has been a midfielder-forward but has spent time training with defenders.
''He ran really well coming off a really solid Christmas break and his training has been outstanding,'' Cotchin said.