Riley Knight has started the AFL pre-season in hot form, with an impressive showing in the Adelaide Crows’ two kilometre time trial on Monday.
First to fourth years players returned to training earlier this week with a time trial around the Adelaide Athletics Stadium running track.
Crows defender Jake Kelly led the way at the halfway mark but he was eventually pipped at the post by Knight.
This is the second pre-season in a row that Knight has claimed honours during the first trial.
The hard-running forward will look to bounce back in the 2018 season after a disappointing end to the year.
The Crows were defeated by Richmond in the grand final where Knight only managed nine disposals.
Elsewhere around the league, fellow Clare Valley boy Luke Dunstan also returned to the training track for St Kilda.
The Saints resumed two weeks ago on November 8.
High performance manager Matt Hornsby said that Dunstan was looking in good condition early in pre-season after posting a personal best time in the club’s three kilometre time trial.
“Clearly (Jack Steele) and Luke Dunstan and Blake Acres, who spent a fair bit of time away together during the off-season, have all trained really strongly and all three of those guys performed really positively.”
Dunstan and Knight were both signed in the 2013 AFL Draft.
The pair were also joined by Armagh boy Cameron Giles who was selected by Carlton, however he was delisted at season’s end without making a senior appearance for the Blues.