A typically understated Scott Selwood has played down talk of his blazing pre-season and declared he was not yet beyond playing tagging roles in AFL ranks.
At just 22, the youngest of the AFL's four Selwoods proved the family bolter last season, winning West Coast's best and fairest after a season in which he averaged 25 touches a game and emerged as a star in his own right.
But, speaking at a HBF health promotion at North Beach yesterday, Selwood insisted this did not mean he would be the player that opponents would seek to tag, nor did it mean he was beyond playing a run-with role himself - his regular assignment early in his 92-game career.
He said he would play his role and do whatever coach John Worsfold required.
"If my role is to tag one week I am more than happy to step up and tag," Selwood said. "If it is a bit more free around the ground I am happy to do that as well."
Selwood rated midfield teammates like Daniel Kerr, Luke Shuey and Matt Priddis as all more likely than him to draw the opposition's tagger.
As for reports that he has set new benchmarks in training and fitness drills this pre-season, Selwood played a straight bat to that as well.
"My aim is to constantly improve no matter what it is," he said. "If that is a benchmark, that is a benchmark.
"It has been a goal from the very start to consistently improve if I can and I do what I need to do to make sure that happens.
"I take a lot of confidence out of knowing that I am playing my role for my team, that is the major thing.
"There are probably better players out there in terms of boys making All-Australian teams and Glassy (Darren Glass) is captain of the All-Australian team.
"To know that I am playing my role for the team is pretty precious to me and that is all I aim to achieve really.
"I have completed all of the training, which is great. Sometimes you get a few little hiccups along the way."Selwood declared himself a starter in Sunday's NAB Cup clash with Collingwood at Patersons Stadium.
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