Birregurra ruckman Jimmy Bower says he is itching to return to the field tomorrow following a nine-week stint on the sidelines due to a premiership tattoo gone wrong.
The towering big man commemorated the Saints’ 2016 grand final win with a tattoo on his ankle just three days after the triumph.
But things went sour in the following months, and after Bower played in the Saints’ opening seven games he had to have surgery.
“Unfortunately I had a reaction to the red ink a few months after getting my premiership tattoo,” he said.
“I got a pretty bad infection, I don’t think losing my leg was ever on the cards but if the infection had have gotten into my blood stream they said things could have been very serious.
“I played the first seven games then I had to get a skin graft to remove where the red ink was in the tattoo.”
Bower, 26, said the recovery had gone well and he was hopeful of returning through the reserves against Irrewarra-Beeac tomorrow, and eventually work his way back into the senior team before finals.
“It’s been hard to watch the boys run out every week and be on the sidelines, hopefully I’ll be back this week for a half providing I get through training Thursday night,” he said on Wednesday.
“I have had the graft now, everything has gone really well and I started back running this week, my body feels great.”
Bower has been a handy addition to the Saints in recent years after joining good mates at the club.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.