AFL news 2023: Young stars ready for breakout seasons including Jason Horne-Francis, Archie Perkins, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Will Ashcroft and more

Another young forward who is primed for a breakout season after a number of years in the AFL season.

It’s been a slow burn for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, the No.1 pick in the 2020 draft, who has been made to earn his spot on a Bulldogs team that is firmly in its premiership window.

The young gun has shown glimpses of his potential across his first two seasons, kicking 25 goals in 22 appearances so far.

”I’ve actually tried to work a lot harder [this pre-season],” he told of his pre-season this year.

“Last year, I did just the training sessions provided for us. I wanted to become better at running than everyone else or a bit fitter and come back better, so I started doing extra boxing, a lot more extra cross training and recovery has also been a main focus – ice baths, massages and everything.

“Strength is coming, and it’s going to take time, but the fitness can go to another level, which it has.”

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