The Magpies will want close to a full season out of Elliott, who put the writing on the wall for a strong 2022 with five goals in three quarters. His talent has never been in question but injuries have held him back from joining the competition’s elite forwards. The signs so far are promising with his fitness after an uninterrupted summer.
“It’s a whole preseason to be honest with you, he’s been extremely strong and got the result today,” Selwood said.
“It’s been a lot of hard work from Jamie to get to this point. His body is now sound. He’s able to not just have a good preseason for himself but now a leader of our team and he’s done a great job with that. All those things are starting to come together for him.”
Boom recruit Nick Daicos was quiet in his first practice game but it was another youngster from more humble draft origins, Jack Ginnivan, who turned heads.
Ginnivan, from the rookie draft at the end of 2020, kicked three goals playing as a small pressure forward.
“He’s another one like Billy [Elliott] who has benefited from a full preseason,” Selwood said. “He’s a smart player. We knew that when we drafted him. Now his body is getting conditioned to an AFL-type body, and he’s been piecing all the training sessions together.”
The Pies will be without Isaac Quaynor for next week due to concussion but are hopeful Jeremy Howe and de Goey will be available.
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