Kangaroos get star defender back after a long time out of the game.
After sitting on the sidelines for close to 10 months, Andrew Swallow will finally return to the run on side for the North Melbourne Kangaroos for their crucial clash against Brisbane on round nine.
Swallow, who has been out of action with an Achilles injury, has played two VFL games recently in his bid to be proven fit, with just three training sessions this week standing between him and his first start in 295 days.
The 26-year-old admits he will be rusty for at least the next four weeks as he looks to regain his touch and get used to the speed of the game again, but gave Roos fans an assurance he would reclaim his top form this season.
“I’m still probably lacking a bit of power in it and a bit with my jumping, but the rest of it feels fine,” he said at Arden St on Monday.
“My Achilles is probably twice as fat as what it used to be, so speed-wise I’m fine, it’s more the jumping.
“It’s not a big issue. I think the last time I went for a mark, going back and looking at the footage, I kneed the bloke in the calf,” Swallow joked.
If Swallow does play this weekend, it will put him just three games shy of the 150-game milestone.