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Tigers' pre-season in a nutshell

Seniors and recruits time trial Physical Performance Manager, Peter Burge, speaks to Roar Vision at the seniors and recruits first pre-season 3km time trial.

No enormous changes to the Tigers' pre-season program are expected, although they'll tweak some drills. The veterans can expect an intense introduction to training given there's just three weeks between their pre-season start and mandated Christmas break. They're not scheduled to venture far from Punt Road until their January camp, which has been moved from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.

Injury list

Josh Caddy: Had an ankle cleanout after the season. Has had no issues and started full training on time.

Ryan Garthwaite: Had an ankle cleanout and was on crutches at the club's best and fairest. Is running and working on changing direction but isn't in full training yet. Should pick things up before Christmas.

Jack Graham: Had his left shoulder reconstructed in October following his round 16 dislocation. Is running now with low level contact work expected in the New Year and full training by mid-to-late January.

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Dylan Grimes: Had minor finger surgery after the season. Has had no issues and started full training on time.

Tom Lynch: Had his right posterior cruciate ligament repaired in July and had follow-up surgery to remove scar tissue in November. Is expected to run before Christmas and ramp up training in January.

Ben Miller: Will start pre-season slowly after a hip cleanout but is expected to be in full training before Christmas.

Jack Riewoldt: Had a minor shoulder cleanout at the end of the season. Started pre-season on time but was kept to running drills in the early sessions. Will escalate his involvement before Christmas.

Jacob Townsend: Had a plate put over his fibula and his syndesmosis joint wired together in his lower left leg in August. Shed the moonboot and got moving in October. Is on track to do some training before Christmas.

New cubs ensconced after early excursion

With no official camp until the end of January, the newest Tigers were taken out of Punt Road last weekend for team bonding activities in and around Melbourne with some of the more experienced players.

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Tiger cubs (l-r): Jake Aarts, Fraser Turner, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Luke English and Jack Ross. Picture: AFL Photos