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Langdon takes lead from Freo's running man

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Melbourne v Fremantle
Ed Langdon hopes to take his game to the next level with an injury-free 2018
Brad Hill's been huge for me... I'm picking his brains as much as I can
Ed Langdon

 

WHEREVER triple-premiership star Brad Hill goes, you can bet Fremantle youngster Ed Langdon isn't far behind. 

Hill has made a massive impact at the Dockers since moving across from Hawthorn at the end of the 2016 season.

The 24-year-old became the first player since Troy Cook in 2000 to win the Doig Medal as the Dockers' best and fairest in his debut season at the club.

He has set the benchmark for Langdon, the highly rated forward/midfielder who resisted overtures from Victorian clubs to sign a two-year extension with the Dockers until the end of 2019.

Langdon has worked closely with Hill after missing the second half of last season with a damaged PCL in his knee.

He has returned to full training and is on track to play in the JLT Community Series.

"Brad Hill's been huge for me last year and again this pre-season," Langdon told fremantlefc.com.au.

"I'm picking his brains as much as I can and I try and train with him to pick up those patterns that he runs.

"I just want to have an injury-free year and improve as much as I can."

Langdon, 21, played the first nine games of 2017 – including a career-high 32 disposals against West Coast in round six – before missing the round 10 loss to Adelaide with knee soreness.

He then returned the following week against Collingwood, but came back too soon and was ruled out of the rest of the season.

Dockers coach Ross Lyon admitted after the loss to the Magpies that he regretted bringing Langdon back before he was ready.

"Could we have put in a more rigorous fitness test? Maybe," Lyon said in June last year.

"We put some heat on him to try to finish the game strongly, but he was a bit distressed at the end.

"We need to look after him, because you don't want to grind your good young players into the ground."

Langdon has played 25 games for the Dockers since being selected with the 54th overall pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

He is looking forward to making up for lost time and is taking the positives out of having to deal with a long-term injury.

"I learnt a lot from (the knee injury), that's for sure," Langdon said.

"Touch wood, if I ever have another injury like that again, I will definitely be better off for having got through it."