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Wagner relishing League Opportunity

NORWOOD link man Tom Wagner says he is making the most of his opportunity given to him by new Coach Jade Rawlings embracing his new role within the League side. 

The former Payneham product joined Norwood ahead of the 2020 SANFL Statewide Super League Season.

In what was a tough year with the global pandemic, Wagner only managed eight reserves games kicking five goals for the year.

12 months on, the 23-year-old has made his Norwood debut and is proving to be a vital cog within the Redlegs forward line.

Wagner spoke to Norwood media on Wednesday morning about his enjoyment in playing under Rawlings who has implemented a tough off-season training program and different game plan.

“Since Twig (Rawlings) has arrived it’s been fantastic,” Wagner said.

“I feel like we are doing everything as a team this year and have had a really tough pre-season to make us fitter and stronger.

“We have also changed the way we play, which I think has come to show throughout the first two rounds.”

“It’s only early, but a good start is key as we take each game at a time.”

On a personal level, Wagner has tinkered with a few things that have contributed to his great start to league football.

“I have definitely improved my fitness and strength throughout the pre-season,” said Wagner.

“My time trial time was around 10-15 seconds better than previously which has contributed as well as consistency throughout training only missing about one session over the pre-season.

“Being able to train fully and not miss a session has allowed me to show Twig what I can do, which has allowed me to start the season playing League football.”

Featuring now prominently in the Redlegs forward set-up, Wagner mentioned how much he is enjoying his role which sees him as a third tall who can also play up the ground.

“The role Twig has for me is really good and suits my strengths,” said Wagner.

“I play off Jacko (Callow) and Boydy (Harry) and try to be the one to get up the ground a bit and then come back and be front and centre, or if not get it out the back.

“The role allows me to get the football in the air and on the ground, which is the main thing, and then playing alongside a forward like Paul Puopolo is something which makes me better.

“As a player in this team I hope to continue this form Friday and hopefully I can again play my role to help us get the result.”

Tom Wagner celebrates his second goal against the Double Blues.