Falcons back injured teenager

Colac Tiger Campbell Tanis says he is eyeing a return to footy in a month after rupturing his ACL.

Colac Tigers product Campbell Tanis says the Geelong Falcons’ backing during his recovery from a knee reconstruction is motivating the footballer to return stronger.

The Falcons selected Tanis in their development squad this year, despite knowing the blossoming midfielder would miss half the season after rupturing an ACL at training in May 2016.

The 16-year-old is still a month away from returning to football, but said he was pleased with his progress after a year on the sidelines.

“It’s feeling good, rehab has been really smooth so I’m pretty happy about that and I’ve got about four to five weeks until I can play,” Tanis said.

The Trinity College Colac student, who is also doing a school-based plumbing apprenticeship, is hopeful of returning to form through the Tigers’ colts side.

Tanis said he hadn’t put any expectations on breaking into the TAC Cup ranks for the ladder-leading Geelong outfit in 2017.

But Falcons coach Dan O’Keefe said club officials were delighted with Tanis’s progress and wouldn’t rule out playing the promising footballer this season if he ticked all the boxes.

Tanis went through the Falcons’ under-15 and under-16 program as a junior.

“We really rate Campbell, certainly as a player, but even as a person,” O’Keefe said.

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