Tyson Goldsack is confident he can have another consistent year for Collingwood after having an uninterrupted pre-season.
The 2010 premiership player cemented himself in the side last season, reaching the 20-games mark for the third time in his career.
I have the ability to go back and forward, so it just depends on the make-up [of the side].Tyson Goldsack
He looks set to spend more time in the forward half next season, in what will be his 12th campaign for the Magpies.
The 30-year-old has had a clean bill of health during pre-season, whereas in each of the previous four years he'd needed surgery for various injuries.
Goldsack has spent time training with both the forwards and defenders across summer.
"I have the ability to go back and forward, so it just depends on the make-up [of the side]," he said. "I'm trying to learn a little bit of both - a lot of players have been doing that, because in this day and age, you need coverage forward and back and if someone goes down, you need to be able to play both positions."
The 161-gamer has spent time in attack in a defensive role throughout his career and famously kicked the first goal of the 2010 Grand Final replay, after coming in off the interchange bench.
He only played four times in 2016 but last season, in a role off the half-back flank, missed just two matches.
Goldsack is confident he can go well again this year, having almost had a complete season last time despite off-season hip surgery.
"It's a good feeling, but there's also a lot of other guys who are pushing for selection so I'll have to see how I go," he said.
"It was definitely my most consistent year [in 2017]. I was relatively injury-free, so it was nice, and fingers crossed for another one of those."
Collingwood are 13/20 to win the Grand Final.
The Magpies are 1/250 to finish in the top eight.
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