IN 22 DAYS, the Demons will officially begin their season seven campaign.
With season six finishing just four months ago, it’s been a quick turnaround into pre-season, but a turnaround that Lauren Pearce hasn’t been phased by.
“It definitely has snuck up really quickly, I can’t believe it’s only a month away, but I also can’t wait to get into the games,” Pearce told Melbourne Media.
“I’m happy with the quick turnaround and I’m sure a lot of players are happy to keep up their fitness.
“I definitely finished off the season better than I did the year before, so I didn’t have to have too much of a rest which has been nice.”
The disappointment of last season’s heartbreaking end – bowing out in a grand final loss – is still present among the group, but Pearce is excited by the opportunity this new season creates.
“[The loss] is probably in the back of everyone’s minds, but I think we’re just ready to go again,” Pearce said.
“You don’t have much time to think about it, all you’ve got to do is put in the work now because you know you fell short.
“Luckily enough we’ve got a chance…to get redemption [now] rather than having to wait.”
While it may not have been the dream result for the club in season six, Pearce herself produced one of her best individual campaigns since the beginning of her career.
The 29-year-old joined the Demons’ leadership group, received her second all-Australian acknowledgment and finished second in the club's best and fairest count.
“I’m happy enough with it, but there’s always room for growth and consistency,” Pearce explained.
“I think that’ll be key this season, a lot of consistency, not just myself but with the team and hopefully that will go a long way.”