FORMER Collingwood Magpie Adam Oxley has had his first training session with the Redland Bombers since signing on last year.
The 27-year-old's first appearance on the training paddock in the red, black and white came last week when the club's NEAFL team took a trip to Byron Bay for a pre-season camp.
It was also just the second time former Dowling Medallist Blake Grewar had trained with the team since returning to the club from the Richmond Tigers VFL side.
Trivia games, dinners, photo sessions, aerobics classes and team building exercises were all on the agenda for the club's first big outing ahead of the new season, which starts in April.
The team challenge was about putting into practice discussions about team building and culture.
Players were separated into three groups - forwards, midfielders and defenders - and it was race to see which group would get back first after completing a series of challenges.
In the end it was the forwards that came away with the win, with the midfield not too far behind and the defenders bringing up the rear.
Assistant coach Chris David said not one player complained during the exercise despite temperatures topping 34 degrees.
"They were all encouraging one another to get through," he said.
"It was also great to see a number of players showing some really good leadership out there as well, to help everyone get through what was a pretty tough session."
The club believed a lot of progress was made over the weekend, with plenty of excitement building for the Bombers' first round clash at home against the Southport Sharks.
"The camp as a great opportunity to reinforce the message that Phil's been sharing with us over the pre-season and for the players to bond and grow the brotherhood," David said.
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