Essendon's playing group is raring to go for 2024. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Season 2024 is starting to feel even more real with the Bombers hitting the track for the first time this year.

A 2km time trial greeted the playing group before undertaking a sweltering session in 30 degree heat.

Bomber recruit Ben McKay was a welcome addition to full training, while ruckman Sam Draper continued to ramp up his rehab conditioning.

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