Richmond coach Damien Hardwick continues to be amazed by what Dustin Martin is willing to do to continually improve his game.
The star Tigers midfielder appeared slightly trimmer when he posed for the cameras in a Victoria jumper on Sunday having been confirmed for the State of Origin Bushfire Relief match.
While Martin generally relies on his power to set him apart from his peers, he has been working on some other aspects of his fitness this summer in order to take his game to yet another level.
“He is (a bit lighter than previously), he’s in great nick, Dusty,” Hardwick said on SEN Breakfast.
“He’s in terrific condition at the moment.
“He does astound me. Every year he works on something in the off-season to get himself in better condition and that’s what the very best players do.
“He’s come back in outstanding condition and is really, really dominating our match sim at the moment and we look forward to what he can put out on the park on Friday.”
Coach Hardwick and the 2017 Brownlow Medallist will unite for the Vics, alongside Trent Cotchin, Tom Lynch and Bachar Houli, in next Friday’s charity event at Marvel Stadium.
Premiership teammates Shane Edwards and Jack Riewoldt are set to lineup for the All-Stars.
The Tigers are in action in the Marsh Community Series against Collingwood in Wangaratta on Sunday, March 1 just days after the Origin match.
Listen to Hardwick's chat with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson on SEN Breakfast below: