Veteran Boyd by Bulldogs' bid for back-to-back flags
AFL: The Western Bulldogs aren't planning on waiting another 62 years for a third flag. They'll be going all out to secure a second in two years in 2017.
"With professional athletes, footballers, it's never enough and you're never satisfied,” veteran Matthew Boyd said before the reigning premiers' first day of pre-season training with their full squad at Whitten Oval in Melbourne.
"We definitely have that mindset that we want to go again, we want to do it better and we'll be working our butts off to make that happen.”
The Bulldogs will have a considerable target on their backs this time after coming from seventh at the start of the finals to snatch an unlikely premiership.
But they, themselves, have their own target in mind.
"We haven't really felt pressure throughout the journey that we've been on. That's the thing about this group - we'll just take it in our stride and we'll get to work,” Boyd said.
"We'll look at ways we can improve and things we didn't quite do the way we would've liked to do it. It's not pressure, it's just expectation.”
Boyd said the club was excited by the prospect having skipper Rob Murphy back in action after his knee injury.
"He's obviously a great leader of our footy club and we'd love to go again for him,” he said.
But, of course, the inspirational Murphy is only just the start.
There's also midfielders Matt Suckling, Mitch Wallis and Lin Jong, defender Marcus Adams and forward Jack Redpath, who will all return from injury, while Stewart Crameri is back from suspension and Travis Cloke has arrived from Collingwood.
"It's not just about Bob, and he'd say that himself - it's about this footy club,' Boyd said.
"We're all excited to get Bob back, and we're excited to get Jack Redpath back, and Mitch Wallis back, and Josh Prudden and all those boys who had long-term injuries.”
The great unknown is how well premiership Magpie Cloke will fit in, but Boyd was confident the power forward would "slot in perfectly” after struggling in his finals days at Collingwood.
"I'm really looking forward to getting out there and getting to work with him,” Boyd said.
"(Coach Luke Beveridge) has had a really positive impact on a lot of players and been able to re-spark some careers by throwing them into different roles and giving them new challenges. I'm sure Trav will fit into that new category pretty nicely.”