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Kolodjashnij, Sexton among the pre-season standouts

Kieron Turner  January 4, 2016 1:01 PM

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Kade Kolodjashnij of the Suns is tackled by during the Gold Coast Suns training session at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast on December 17, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

I think as a collective group though it’s been one of our best pre-Christmas training blocks that we’ve had in some time.

When it comes to pre-season campaigns, the Gold Coast SUNS’ start to the 2016 operation has been exceptional.

All but a handful of players are functioning at 100 per cent fitness, and optimism at Metricon Stadium is high with a noticeable improvement in culture and standards.

Senior assistant coach Andy Lovell has been impressed by the entire playing list across the pre-season, however identified third-year defender Kade Kolodjashnij and emerging midfielder Alex Sexton as two players who have taken their workrate to the next level.

“We’ve had some really strong trainers but Kade Kolodjashnij is one that’s been outstanding on the track,” Lovell told reporters on Monday at Metricon Stadium.

“I think Alex Sexton’s another player that’s performed really strongly as well.

“I think as a collective group though it’s been one of our best pre-Christmas training blocks that we’ve had in some time so in terms of singling blokes out too much, I think as a collective we’ve been really strong.”

Senior coach Rodney Eade also called out Sexton’s pre-season in a SUNS TV interview in mid-December with the 22-year-old looking to build on his 37 AFL games in 2016.

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