WILL Petersen is eyeing more senior footy in 2022.
The 22-year-old, who is part of Koroit's Let's Talk Cup squad, is relishing the chance to have a kick after a COVID-interrupted 2021.
Petersen said the under-23 tournament offered an opportunity for several young Saints to build on senior action through the Hampden league campaign.
Koroit afforded more opportunities to youth in 2021 in what multiple premiership coach Chris McLaren dubbed a reward for persistence and patience.
They're all pretty good and they're all standing up to the challenge of playing with bigger blokes and bodies.Will Petersen
"I'd like to have a crack at a pre-season," Petersen said.
"We'll get the under 23 footy done and I'll look to have a bit of time off over Christmas before having a crack at it.
"I'll see if I can get a game next year."
The Saints, coached by club legends Ben Goodall and Simon O'Keefe, have won both of their Let's Talk Cup fixtures through the first two weeks.
Petersen revealed morale was high in a side featuring players from several different age groups.
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"It's been good. The lads who've been in there have really got in there and got it done," he said.
"There's a lot of lads who are playing in the under 16s who I haven't really played with too much being in the twos.
"They're all pretty good and they're all standing up to the challenge of playing with bigger blokes and bodies."
The Saints are scheduled to meet North Warrnambool Eagles in round three of the Let's Talk Cup on Friday.
Petersen said results were secondary to participation in the tournament but he and his teammates had enjoyed learning from Goodall and O'Keefe, two of the Hampden league's most revered players from the past 15 years.
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