If you were to take a trip through the Gippsland region of Traralgon during the most recent off-season, you were a chance to run into Geelong youngster Jordan Cunico going through his paces.

The young Cat had a troubled injury history during the early stages of his AFL career, registering one game in his first three seasons in the system after suffering knee and ankle issues.

Entering his fourth year at Geelong, Cunico decided things needed to change so he embarked on a mini pre-season when the majority of the football population were overseas for a well-earned rest.

Returning to his hometown during the summer months, the 22-year-old would regularly drag a mate to the Traralgon athletics track for some running and frequented his father’s gym to prepare himself for his biggest year yet.

“In previous years, I probably came back too unconditioned so it would take me a bit longer to get into the swing of things,” Cunico told

“But last year I came back fitter than when I left after following a running and weights program. I didn’t do much in the off-season this year in terms of going on any holidays or anything too fancy so I did as much training as I could by myself which has helped me since I came back.”

That’s not to say Cunico didn’t refresh over the summer period. The winger/half-forward just didn’t plan a massive overseas holiday.

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