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Forster, fit and focused

Alex Forster at training at FDFC HQ.
With not long left in his second season on an AFL list, 20-year-old Alex Forster is keen to finish off strongly.

Forster, who was picked up by Freo in the 2011 National Draft at pick 29, missed pre-season and the majority of the 2012 season due to hip surgery.

After an almost uninterrupted pre-season this year, the defender moved from Swan Districts to Freo WAFL partner club Peel Thunder and is starting to see his hard work pay off.

“I think the move to Peel has benefited my football greatly,” Forster said.

“It’s been extremely good to be able to play with other Freo players and playing under Cam Sheppard and with Ash Prescott on board it’s good to play under the same game style.

“It’s been a smooth transition across to Peel and I think it’s starting to pay off for me.”

After putting his body through the rigours of pre-season, Forster said he is feeling good coming into the back half of the season.

“I think everyone will say that having a full pre-season really sets you up for a big year and especially the second half of the year I’m finding it’s really starting to show,” he said.

“Last year I didn’t do any pre-season, and this year I was able to do 90 per cent of it.

“My body is feeling good and hopefully I can finish off the rest of the season well.”

Peel Thunder are out of WAFL finals calculations for 2013 but Forster has a clear focus for the last five games of this season.   

“Working with the development coaches, just to keep improving on certain areas of my game,” he said.

“I really want to finish off the last five weeks strongly and have more of an impact in games.

“I feel like the past month has been a step forward and I want to keep making improvements in my game each week.”
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