Steven Motlop wants minutes in the midfield.

The 25-year-old finished runner up in 2015’s club best and fairest, playing predominantly through that position, but found himself deployed forward in 2016.

He did hit the scoreboard regularly, booting 38 goals to finish second behind Tom Hawkins in the Cats’ goal kicking, though struggled to find consistency past the half way mark of the season.

Motlop’s training since reporting for pre-season has been nothing short of consistent however, and his willingness to improve both his game and his conditioning has opened the door to make a midfield return in 2017.

“For me, I want to play a bit more midfield this year. I didn’t play too much last year, so obviously just building my fitness and being able to play those roles [is the goal],” Motlop told Cats Media.

“You need a variety of guys going through there so I’ve been doing a bit in training and that’s where I want to play this year.”

“I’ve obviously played forward a lot as well and I’ll keep working on my craft on that side of my game but hopefully spend more time midfield than forward this year.”

Watch the full interview with Steven Motlop via the video player above.