Carlton defender Jacob Weitering says his work with Director of High-Performance Andrew Russell has been a major factor behind his strong start to the season.
The former No.1 draft pick has been one the Blues’ best performers in the opening four rounds and is playing with renewed confidence after a difficult 2018 campaign.
“It’s been an up and down ride for me,” Weitering told SEN’s KB and The Doc.
“I’ve been in the system for four years, came onto the scene in my first year and had a solid hit-out.
“Second and third years are always tough … I went through it a bit last year in a two-win side.
“It’s come off the back of a strong pre-season … I think I only missed two or three sessions. Andrew Russell has been a massive contributor to that as well. His leadership, not just to me as an individual, but the side as well.
“I credit him with a lot and the way I’ve been able to build myself up physically. The other thing is just belief and confidence, I was sort of lacking that a bit last year.”
Weitering, 21, is averaging 14.8 disposals and 5.5 marks a game so far in 2019 and has become a key defensive pillar down back for the Blues.
Listen to Jacob Weitering's chat on SEN's KB and The Doc with Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf in the player below