Manjimup football talent Dana East has shared how she has found the first few weeks of AFLW pre-season as she starts to settle in at the Fremantle Football Club. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Dockers in the 2021 AFLW Draft in July after a stand-out season with Swan Districts in the WAFLW where she was a joint McSherry medallist. With two weeks of official pre-season under her belt, East said she had certainly enjoyed her experience so far but it was a “big change” in terms of training and workload. “It’s a lot more intense and a bit more tough mentally and physically, because you’re obviously at the club four days a week and then you’re doing two other sessions at home as well,” she said. “But it’s just amazing — the girls are so welcoming, you honestly feel like it’s home as soon as you walk in so it’s been a great experience. “They all make the time to come up to you and if you ask anyone or tap them on the shoulder to ask, ‘How do I go about this?’ and stuff like that they’re all happy to help — there’s not one person that will just shrug you off, they’re all great teammates on and off the field.” East said the experience of training with her footy idol, superstar midfielder Kiara Bowers, had been even better than what she had expected. “She takes you under her wing and she’s very supportive, and gives you tips and pushes you,” she said. “She’ll yell at you on field but she doesn’t mean it, she’s just trying to make you a better player and that’s what I love — just getting pushed to my limits. “It’s what I expected, if not more, but yeah, it’s been great working alongside her.” After setting a personal best in her 2km time trial to kick off the pre-season, East said her priority was to be able to pull on the purple jumper for the first round of the 2022 season, which is set to commence on January 6. “That’s probably my main goal so far, just to get in round one — I would be stoked with that,” she said. “I’m going to focus more on my inside midfield work because obviously that’s one of my key positions and hopefully I can just get more skills off the more experienced players like Kiara Bowers and all the inside players that I really look up to. “So at pre-season I’m focusing on matching up on them and learning everything from them and seeing where I can improve in that position and just keep improving in my fitness.” East, along with her fellow draftees, were also recently assigned their jumper numbers, with the Manjimup product given the number eight.