McNiece Breaks Through

Small defender Ben McNiece was restricted to just two senior games in his debut season last year, but an impressive JLT performance in Essendon’s win over Geelong has given him fresh confidence of a breakthrough season.

The 25-year-old played a crucial role in the comeback victory on Sunday, impressing with his pressure and repeat efforts – something he prides his game on.

“It’s something that I’ve tried to make my trademark, just that pressure on,” McNiece said.

“(I) don’t get as many touches (as some other players) and I’m really working on my rebound this year.

“In terms of defensive pressure, I’m trying to keep that as a maximum and trying to work on a few other aspects of my game as well to really help the team along.”

McNiece debuted on Anzac Day before playing just one more AFL match the following week in 2017 and said he was thrilled to be back into the senior team against the Cats.

“It’s been a while between drinks obviously playing Anzac Day and then one other after that, so it was really pleasing to get back out here.

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