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Zurhaar's narrow focus

Ricky Mangidis  May 31, 2017 5:12 PM

Cameron Zurhaar talks to about his VFL form and his hopes of being elevated off the rookie list.

The lure of a promotion to the senior list would normally be a key factor in driving an AFL player.

But for Cam Zurhaar, his focus is much simpler.

“Playing footy every day is motivation enough for me,” Zurhaar told

“I’m just trying to play my style of footy and if my best footy gets me into the side and senior list, then that’d be awesome and I’d go from there.

“I’ll just continue tackling, pressuring and being clean with the footy inside.”

In Werribee’s practice match against the Northern Blues last weekend, Zurhaar was able to spend some rare time in the midfield.

It came after the 19-year-old had played the whole year so far as a small forward.

“I went up to ‘Deeks’ (David Loader, development coach) and asked him if I could learn some of the midfield structures, to enhance my game a bit more,” Zurhaar said.

“It’s a position I’d like to play in the future as a mid/forward so just learning that, I got a run in the midfield and got a few clearances so I was pretty happy.

“They (the coaches) were pretty happy. Obviously I’ve got a long way to go to be an inside midfielder, but good signs at the start.”

Regardless of where Zurhaar has been playing, the key points of his game have remained the same.

“I’m really focusing on pressure at the moment.

“The last few weeks I’ve really focused on pressure acts, and tackling to get those stoppages.”

2017 has been Zurhaar’s first experience playing against the bigger bodies at VFL level, spending his time in juniors back before he was drafted.

“I don’t think it was much of a difference,” Zurhaar said of the potential adjustment.

“I’m just playing my footy how I play my footy.

“I like the contact which is good for me, so the big bodies are pretty helpful.”