- Nov 14, 2012
Baseless cynicism huh?
Suggest you do some research into the knee reconstruction recovery experiences of 95 kg plus AFL players.
You will find they talk about a 2 year recovery, the 12 months post surgery and then 12 months to regain playing form.
Having a knee reconstruction as a 110kg ruckman is a high risk procedure. Not only is the risk of recurrence much higher in larger athletes, but most of their play is based around putting stress through the knee.
There is a greater likelihood of secondary issues with the knee like cartilage damage, loss of motion and function and other like issues.
You can also build all the confidence you like in the knee at training but until you stand face to face with another 100kg plus monster who is going to charge at you and try and put all his weight into your body, or stand in a pack under a high ball while 350kg worth of pack crashes into you, then it is all pretty worthless. Ask any reconstructed player and they will tell you it understandably takes some time to clear the thoughts of risk and danger from your mind and start to attack the footy again in the same way you did before. It's not a case of playing a couple of scratchies and being good to go.
Soldo is returning from a very significant injury and will need a long time to fully recover. Our expectations on him for next season should be very low, any contribution he makes will be a welcome bonus.
September 11 2020 so roughly 19 months before he potentially lines up in Round 1 2022.
He will ease into the season and gain confidence with every hit out.
Importantly, if Nank is fit Ivan won’t be shouldering the load of first ruck.
This, plus the critical factor that two big, talented rucks give us much more in the way of structural advantage than their individual possessions can ever do.
The structural advantage, so well deployed in 2019, is what we are looking for here and goes far beyond any expectation that Ivan will tear games apart.
Nah, I’ll take the more optimistic route here.