Brisbane Lions star Jarrod Berry believes they took a big step forward in pre-season on Wednesday when being made to train in gruelling, sweltering conditions.
The Lions are priced at 7/1 to win the grand final in 2022 after falling just short over the last few seasons and they are pushing themselves to the limits in training.
The Brisbane players are used to training in heat and humidity at this time of year but the conditions on Wednesday were next level for some.
Veteran Mitch Robinson posted on social media just how tough the two-hour session was and his thoughts were echoed by Berry.
The Lions star was not complaining too much though as he knows sessions like that could be the difference between success and failure in 2022.
"It was gruelling, but that's what you get in Brisbane," Berry told reporters. "It's like an oven. Because of the storm last night, the water comes out of the ground as well as (being hit by) the sun.
"We love it. We find we get a lot out of those sessions because you look your mates in the eye and it's pretty tough. I think we took a step forward today."
Berry also revealed the whole playing group reacted positively to the session, which took place in 33C heat, and they took plenty from it.
"The language we want to use is positive," Berry added. "We want to not complain about things, so when we face adversity we move forward. We changed our mindset and went forward today."