McKay muscles in

Draftee Ben McKay says he’s transitioned well to life at North, but admits his fitness levels and physical maturity have been strong areas of focus since being drafted.

The 18-year-old, who was recruited with pick No.21 in last year’s national draft from TAC Cup side Gippsland Power, caught the attention of the Roos’ recruiters with his ability to perform key roles at either end of the ground.

McKay said he’d adjusted well to the AFL system despite encountering some obstacles along the way.

“It’s been a pretty hectic four months. You’ve got to transition not just your footy life but your life in general,” McKay told NMFC.com.au on Tuesday.

“Moving away from home (Warragul) and getting settled into life in the city is another big challenge aside from the whole footy side.

“But the footy’s been really enjoyable and I’m learning a lot and getting bigger in the gym.”

McKay said the countless hours he’d spent in the gym would allow him to build an adequate amount of upper body strength before being thrust into action.

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