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Adam Cerra hopes he can utilise his strengths as a footballer as he targets to continue his growth in his third AFL season.
The midfield talent has played mostly in defence since he was drafted in 2018 as he builds into the role.
Cerra hopes that a big 2020 pre-season will have him ready to play a number of roles next year.
“I’ve gradually been going through the midfield for little periods. Whenever I get the chance to go in, I feel like I take that opportunity and try to do my best,” Cerra said.
“With another pre-season under my belt trying to improve my body and my fitness hopefully, next year I’ll get a bit more experience in there.”
Cerra highlighted his game against Adelaide in round seven as one where he performed best.
The 19-year-old had a season high 25 disposals in the clash, as well as eight contested possessions and five inside 50s.
“I felt against Adelaide I was able to play my role across half-back but then also go into the midfield for the last quarter and have an impact there,” Cerra said.
“That’s one of my strengths that I like to show, my versatility, so I was quite pleased to be able to impact in multiple positions.
“I feel, especially down back and playing mostly at half-back, I’m a lot more comfortable in that role and I’m developing a great bond with the other defenders – how we work with each other and I feel ,compared to last year, I’ve improved in that area.”
Cerra has an exciting off-season planned holidaying in Europe with his partner.
He said that he expects to find it easier to head out for a run than he did in the 2018 off-season when he visited Japan.
“We’ll see a bit of Scotland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland so that should be fun,” Cerra said.
“I’ll still be getting out there and finding ways to train. I’m expecting it might be a bit easier to train and run around whereas Japan, there were a few rules and laws about not being able to run in certain areas, which made it quite difficult.”
He said that he was looking forward to returning and being reunited with his teammates.
“We’re a young group, we’ll come back in early November and we’ll be working hard for that ultimate goal next year,” Cerra said.
“Personally, I’m excited to build my body and take my fitness to the next level and, hopefully, the team can continue to grow and get better next year.”