Hassler prepares for second season

19th Aug 2014, 17:24

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Getting away: Hassler impressed for the Ospreys last term

Getting away: Hassler impressed for the Ospreys last term

Ospreys winger Jeff Hassler knows he won't have the element of surprise on his side in his second season with the Welsh side.

Ospreys winger Jeff Hassler knows he won't have the element of surprise on his side in his second season with the Welsh side.

The Canadian international was a welcome surprise at the Liberty Stadium last campaign, managing to establish himself as first choice by the end of the season.

The 22-year-old was so impressive in fact, that he earned a spot in the Pro12 team of the season, despite the Welsh side missing out on the play-offs.

However as he prepares for a second campaign with the team, he knows it will be more difficult this time around now that he will be a marked man.

"I'm not a new guy in the league anymore," Hassler told the South Wales Evening Post.

"Other teams will watch film of me, so I guess it's just about bringing my game to the next level, bringing a couple of things I didn't do last year in and building up.

"Most people would see me as more of a straight runner, but I sometimes throw a sidestep in during training. Hopefully I can get that into my game next year.

"I definitely didn't expect it to go quite as well as it did. I knew coming in, with the injuries the Ospreys had around the wing, that I'd have a good opportunity, but I didn't expect to get thrown into the mix as early as I did.

"I knew if I did get the opportunity I could have a good season, but at the end I was pleased with things on a personal level.

"I didn't even know there was a team of the year until the lads came in and congratulated me, and even then it took a while for me to realise what a good season I'd had individually because I was always thinking about the team."