Maturing Blechynden reaches half-century

Blechynden gets a kick away. PHOTO - CAM WEDEMEYER - SUBIACO FC / 

REECE Blechynden says the next step in becoming an elite WAFL midfielder is a big pre-season and improved fitness.

Blechynden, who will play his 50th League game against Peel this Saturday, had a run with role on East Perth’s Freddie Clutterbuck a fortnight ago and said he learnt what is required of a WAFL midfielder.

“I really thank Muddy for giving me that role,” Blechynden said.

“I learnt a lot just running with him (Clutterbuck) and I was shown just how hard a midfielder should be running.

“I’ve enjoyed being able to be thrown forward or down back, if need be, or into the middle it’s really good to be able to go anywhere.”

The Sorrento-Duncraig product made a 21-possession debut in round four of 2010 before his numbers slightly declined to average 16 touches a game in his debut season.

Since that debut season the outside midfielders numbers have continued to improve with just under 20 touches per game in 2012 despite niggling injuries.

Blechynden said lower leg complaints had disrupted his campaign but he was looking forward to strong finish to the season and a big pre-season.  

“So far it hasn’t been the best year for me in regards to injuries I’ve had a bit of a dicky ankle and a knee problem but the body is feeling really good now so hopefully I can stay out on the track and get myself a little bit fitter and finish the year well,” he said.

“For me I think I need to get super fit over the coming pre-season and just hopefully I can keep my body right and stay away from injury and become an elite runner in the WAFL. I think that’s where I need to take my game.”

A member of the Subiaco team that made a gallant run to the finals late last season and finally the last day in September, Blechynden lauded the influence the past and current leadership groups have had in his development.

“Michael Rix was always in my ear and he is such a knowledgeable man, he was always in my ear letting me know where I can get better and what I need to do to improve.”


“Other than Rixy, Benny Randall, Aidan Parker and Darren Rumble, all of the leaders at the club are always happy to share their knowledge and experiences with you.”



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