Fremantle midfielder Tendai Mzungu says the squad has returned for pre-season in good shape after strong performances in a 3km time trial this morning.
Mzungu was one of the strongest runners of the first to seven-year players who took part in the time trial at McGillivray Oval.
Rookie Sam Menegola was the clear standout, blitzing the field with a sub 10-minute time.
Notable absentees from the run were young stars Nat Fyfe, Stephen Hill, Michael Barlow and Matthew de Boer but Mzungu said they are all on track.
"They are coming along really well, they are running but they just aren't ready to do 3km," he said.
Mzungu said senior players such as captain Matthew Pavlich and Aaron Sandilands were due to start training next week.
"The older guys, they are still relaxing in the Bahamas so they will be hopefully back on board next week."
Mzungu, who started training last week as one of the first to third year players, said he wasn't doing ball work yet because of a wrist injury.
"I had a little set back over the break with a little crack in there (my wrist) so at the moment I am just trying to get a bit of strength back until I can start marking the ball," he said.
"But the best thing is I can still run and stuff like that so fitness shouldn't be an issue."
He said he hoped to be back into full training in the next three to four weeks.
"I have got another meeting with the specialist next week so hopefully I will get a bit of a guide to where I am at then."
New recruit Danyle Pearce was the fresh face on the track while the delisted Jesse Crichton, who is expected to be redrafted, also took part.
Mzungu said the group had been determined to come back in the best shape possible.
"I have done a week now and it's good to get back into it, I have done a fair bit of running over the break and stuff so to get out there with the boys is always a good feeling," he said.
"Most of the boys from what I have heard have run good times and we are looking in good shape.
"There were plenty of standouts to be honest, I won't individualise but there are plenty of the young guys really pushing through this year."
The 26-year-old said it was a surprise to hear of the departures of Jack Anthony and Adam McPhee yesterday.
"Both have their reasons and we fully support them," he said.