Gritty Stevenson to return

Subiaco’s Brad Stevenson had a stellar opening to 2015 before a knee injury halted his hot start.
 
Stevenson had kicked 11 goals from 8 games, including six against South Fremantle in Round Five, until he injured his left knee against Swan Districts.

In an example of Stevenson’s toughness, the forward tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament early in the first quarter, stayed on the field and managed to kick a goal before understanding the severity of his injury.

“It was a pretty interesting situation. It was a really windy day and the ball in fell short so I competed with Swans Tony Notte in the ruck. I came down on the knee and felt it roll. It was pretty painful but didn’t seem that severe so I stayed on, said Stevenson

“The ball swung into the forward line and Shane Yarran drew my defender and lollipopped me a handball. I knew I didn’t have the strength in my leg so I rolled it along the ground in the advantage of Kyle Halligan and it bobbled through.”
 


The bittersweet moment sunk in when club doctors discovered Stevenson had damaged his right knee and illustrated that he would need to take another extended spell on the sideline. (Stevenson tore his right ACL in 2013) 
 
The utility hasn’t missed a session and has found an ability to gain perspective when recovering from long term injuries. 
 
“There’s a weird coincidence with ACL injuries where it’s common to do both consecutively, 
 
You definitely learn to listen to your body and get a good understanding of what it takes to reach match fitness again,

“I’ve had a small setback or two but I’m on good pace now. I want to feel 100% before returning to fold.” said Stevenson

Senior players Matt Panizza and Ryan Wade are in the same boat and are also looking to return from long-term injuries.

“A couple of the other boys have been dealing with similar injuries so it’s nice to get around those boys and do it together,  said Stevenson

“The goal is for us all to return to football at 100% in 2016. Hopefully at some point through the year Wadey, Panizza and myself can be contributing on the field again with the lessons learnt from the recovery.”

The West Coast JFC product is likely to return to full training soon with a goal to play in the early months of the 2016 WAFL Season.

 

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