SOUTH Colac footballer Jordan Murrihy says he would be content just to return to the field in 2012.
Doctors have given the Roos’ prize recruit the all clear to return to football just in time for round one after he spent almost two years recovering from a damaged anterior cruciate ligament.
But Murrihy said he wanted his knee to be 100 per cent before he returned to the field.
“It’s sort of a wait-and-see prospect at the moment, so I’ll most likely take it slow and not rush it,” he said.
“Effectively I haven’t played football for two years, so to be honest I’d be happy to play at all.
“I won’t necessarily be aiming to play round one.”
Murrihy’s recovery has not been smooth sailing since he first injured his right knee in the opening round of season 2010.
The 23-year-old re-injured the knee later that season after making a premature return, which required him to undergo a knee reconstruction in March last year, ruling him out for the entire season.
He had one final arthroscopy in January 2012 and signs have all been positive since then.
“The arthroscope was just to get the knee cleaned out and have some meniscus cartilage repaired,” Murrihy said.
“They repaired it when I went for ACL reco but it didn’t seem to work and I couldn’t straighten it, so I had to get it all fixed up,” he said.
Murrihy has returned to walking after three weeks on crutches, and is rehabilitating in the pool and on an exercise bike.
But despite the strain the injury has caused, Murrihy vowed he would return to the field to repay coach Stephen “Trunk” Hammond and the South Colac Football Club – last season’s runner-up.
“It’s definitely draining, it’s one of the worst injuries to go through I reckon,” he said.
“But I want to repay South in what they’ve done for my recovery, that’s the main motivation.
“It was pretty good to see what they achieved last season – hopefully this year we can go one step further.”