Rory Lobb would have every reason to feel disappointed after seeing the 2020 AFL season postponed as he appeared to be on the brink of a career-best year, but the versatile forward is maintaining an important perspective from isolation.
Lobb backed up his injury-free pre-season with two strong performances in the Marsh Community Series and was a stand-out in round one against Essendon, earning six coaches’ votes – the most for Freo.
The 206cm big man kicked two goals, provided Freo a target with four contested marks and also backed up Sean Darcy in the ruck.
At 27, Lobb hopes that one of his prime years won’t be wasted due to the shut down.
“It is hard, considering I didn’t miss one training session through the whole pre-season and felt pretty good in the pre-season games and round one,” Lobb told The Sunday Times.
“I’m 27 now and I feel like my body’s right where I need to be and I was ready to go for a good season.
“Obviously a couple of injuries last year held me back a bit, but having the whole pre-season it really held me in good stead.
“I just have to wait and hopefully, I can stay fit enough and ready to go.
“There’s a lot of people who are affected by this.
“There’s people losing their jobs, so we should count ourselves lucky that we are still are getting paid 50 per cent.”
Lobb is remaining motivated to maintain his current fitness and form as he trains in isolation.
“It definitely drives me to keep my body in shape and hopefully have a good 2020 if that does come around,” he said.
“It’s a lot different. I’d definitely rather be at the club, but we need to do what we need to do.
“You’ve got to keep fit over the off-season, but this is a little bit different because we’re trying to make sure we stay fit enough to come back and play because we don’t have a whole pre-season to get fit again.”