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VFL: Goldsack looks to build again

Rivers reviews win over Zebras VFL coach Jared Rivers tells us about Tyson Goldsack's outing and why our forward line is firing

Tyson Goldsack made a successful return from injury in the VFL last Saturday, and he firmly believes his season has plenty left in it yet.

Goldsack’s remarkably fast recovery from ACL surgery is actually behind schedule. A back injury delayed his resumption by three weeks.

But he felt no ill-effects on Victoria Park on the weekend and now is focused on improving his touch to push his case for senior selection.

“I knew (my knee) was ready to go, it’s the match-play and game sense that you lack,” Goldsack said.

“It’s no different to the first game of pre-season. It took me a while to get my bearings, reading the ball was the main thing.

“But the body felt good, which was a positive.”

Goldsack made a successful return from an ACL reconstruction against Sandringham in the VFL. Photo: Luke Henry.

If Goldsack is to return to the AFL team this season, he is likely to do so as a defender.

The versatile premiership hero has proven adept at both ends during his time as a Magpie and spent time during the pre-season training as a forward. But a spate of injuries to the club’s key defensive stocks meant the decision was made to switch positions.

Goldsack says a spot in defence comes more naturally to him, so he said that he “didn’t mind the decision.”

Goldsack was on restricted game time in his comeback game but is expecting to be a full contributor for the VFL side’s upcoming Elimination Final.

“I’m looking at 80 per cent against Essendon, which is pretty much a full game,” he said.

“I’ll still try and tip in during the week and get that fitness level up a little bit.

“The main focus is next week and be set for the week after, hopefully.”

The Pies’ VFL finals campaign begins on Sunday at Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval), where they will take on Essendon at 2.10pm.

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