NUMBER three draft pick Angus Brayshaw says he isn't feeling any pressure from Melbourne to make his debut in round one.
Brayshaw has been hyped as a ready-made player from last year's NAB AFL Draft crop, with some recruiters confident he will have the biggest impact of any first-year player in 2015.
But the 19-year-old midfielder is ignoring the talk and says he is only focused on getting up to speed during pre-season – not round one against Gold Coast on April 4.
"For me and all the players who have been drafted to the club, they've been really clear about not setting any expectations on us, but also not any limitations either," Brayshaw said.
"If we play games they're not going to put a cap on how many we play. But I think for now the focus has been on getting fit, really learning the game plan and basically just improving because we started a couple of weeks after the main group.
"We'd all like to play round one, but there's no expectations at the moment, so I'll just train hard and work hard and see what happens."
The Demons have ramped up their training intensity this pre-season, with coach Paul Roos believing the club needed a "big jump" to improve on their four wins from 2014.
The next phase of training kicked off on Monday when the majority of the squad arrived at Maroochydore for their training camp.
The Dees' draftees will join their teammates in Queensland after an AFL Players' Association/AFL Induction camp at Etihad Stadium finishes up on Tuesday.
"It's a week of consolidation and we can really make some genuine inroads into our game plan," Brayshaw said.
"Obviously we haven't had the greatest exposure to it, so it will definitely be a week of learning and some strenuous physical exercise as well.
"If we can come out the other side I think we'll really be galvanised by the fact we've done the hard yards."
Little more than a month into his AFL career with the Demons, Brayshaw said he already feels like part of the club and he is soaking up Roos' tutelage
"What's great about Roosy is he's really good at building relationships," he said.
"It becomes easier for him to coach you because you respect him so much as a bloke and obviously his wealth of knowledge as a coach.
"He's the perfect person to be leading this club forward at the moment and I'm loving working with him."