Fantasia told reporters on Friday that his body, which has been a problem over the last few seasons, was feeling good.
“I already feel refreshed and feel like I’m training better. This is my happy place,” Fantasia said.
“I feel like being closer to them [family] will help me mentally more than being in Melbourne.
“When I am stressed, that’s when I push harder and get those little soft tissues or niggles so being home, I think will relieve that.
“There’s a direct correlation I feel with how I feel mentally and how my body is feeling, with being smarter with the training I’m doing.
“I’m in a really good position where I haven’t had any surgery. It’s probably the first time in four or five years where I haven’t had any surgery or anything like that so I can actually have a full pre-season.
“As soon as I met with all the medical staff here, I could tell they’re all on the same page and I think their injury rate is number one in the league at the moment so that’s played a big part for me.”
Caldwell, 20, was pick 11 in the 2018 draft, and has only managed 11 games at AFL level in two seasons.
“I chose the Bombers because I thought they have a really good group coming through and I spoke to Truck [coach Ben Rutten] a few times and I really like the way he goes about it,” he said.
“It’s close to home as well.
“They’ve said to me I will be playing that inside mid role … and trying to be more versatile.
“It wasn’t an easy choice. I had some hard conversations … it was more the opportunity I will be hopefully getting at Essendon.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.