TOUGH nut Jack Viney says preparing in hot and humid conditions have been among the key benefits from Melbourne’s pre-season camp.
Speaking on day eight of the club’s trip to the Sunshine Coast, Viney said the camp had been “really good” and plenty was achieved.
“It’s probably been the first time we’ve really got stuck into some match practice and some competitive simulation work,” he told Dee TV.
“We’re really preparing for our NAB Challenge campaign, so the boys have been training really well and there are no injuries.
“The boys are fit, so it’s been a good camp.”
Viney said it was a great opportunity to prepare in a different climate.
“You have to take your preparation and recovery to a different level and keep backing up sessions,” he said.
“In different climate and conditions, your body adapts differently, so your preparation and recovery certainly has to go up another level.”
The runner-up in last year’s best and fairest said he had also enjoyed his housemates and the cooking on offer.
“It’s been going really well. I’ve been rooming with Viv Michie, Dean Kent and Josh Wagner. Josh being a new guy [at the club], I’ve got to learn a lot about him, which has been fantastic,” he said.
“The cooking has been going well. We’ve been taking it in turns cooking each night. Last night we ended up just going out for a bit of a feed, but it’s been pretty high quality cooking, which I’ve been impressed with.
“Dean Kent cooks a mean barbie and Josh Wagner cooked up some burritos, which were pretty nice.”