FITNESS and nutrition off the field are helping Clem Nagorcka thrive on it.
The Koroit youngster has bulked up significantly as he looks to spend more time as an onballer in 2021.
Geelong-based Nagorcka, 18, has added about five kilograms to his frame and is working closely with teammate Tim McIntyre to build his tank.
"I've focused on getting heaps fitter again. I've been doing heaps of running with Tim, doing short-distance stuff, and it's helped a lot," he told The Standard.
"In 2019, I was probably a bit more of a winger and small forward but I've started playing in the midfield more since I've gotten a bit bigger and heavier.
I've focused on getting heaps fitter again. I've been doing heaps of running with Tim (McIntyre), doing short-distance stuff, and it's helped a lot.Clem Nagorcka
"(Tim and I) probably started doing stuff together in October or November. He's a fitness freak so I'm just trying to keep up with him. I feel like it's paying off."
Nagorcka, who grew up on a family farm in Hawkesdale, shifted to work alongside brother Levi this past year.
The former Greater Western Victoria Rebel is juggling his football duties with an electrical apprenticeship and is enjoying the new way of life.
Playing senior footy and helping Koroit win a seventh-straight Hampden league premiership is now his sole aim. Spending a lot of his time in the midfield would be an added bonus - but as Nagorcka insists - that decision rests with coach Chris McLaren.
"I played 10 or 11 games in 2019 and that was a good start. Now that we're able to play this year, I'm just keen to keep my spot in the team as the season progresses," he said.
"There are a lot of good midfielders at the club. I think there's seven or eight who can run through there and they're all good players. They're teaching me a lot of new things like positioning and trying to focus on our roles (rolling forward).
"We've been looking at a bit of vision on how Richmond is setting up and I think we're taking away a fair bit from that.
"I spent a lot more time in the midfield than I thought I would (last week) but I'll be happy to play anywhere, wherever Chris wants me to."
Koroit's electrifying start, which has cemented the club's status as the team to beat in 2021, has Nagorcka optimistic of how far it can go.
But the youngster isn't getting carried away.
"We've had a great start, obviously, and the goal is finals again," he said.
"It's still very early so we'll see how how we go from here."
Unbeaten Koroit will face Cobden at Bomberland on Saturday as it looks to stretch its streak to four wins and zero losses.
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