Fremantle’s Anthony Morabito closing in on AFL return
Anthony Morabito was prepared for the possibility of soft tissue injuries on his return from a knee reconstruction.
But that did not make a hamstring injury any easier for the young Fremantle midfielder to take when it derailed his comeback from a knee reconstruction.
It necessitated another four weeks off and an AFL return would have seemed like a lifetime away.
“I knew that it came with the territory,” he said of the injury.
“When you’ve been out for 16 months or whatever it ended up being, it’s a hard road when you have those little kicks in the guts.
“But I think it will make me a better footballer in the long run.”
Morabito’s journey towards a return to the Dockers has finally gained momentum after another polished performance for Peel Thunder on Saturday.
The 20-year-old had 18 disposals and three marks as the Thunder upset ladder leaders Claremont, and he has now strung together three straight league matches.
Morabito surrounded himself with family and friends in the months following a serious knee injury prior to the start of the 2011 season.
“They have been able to help me get distracted and take my mind off the pressures of not playing,” he said.
“That’s probably the hardest part, you really want to be out there and you can beat yourself up.
“But I guess now that’s its all over, it’s a short memory for me now, I’m just happy to be back playing.”
Morabito played mostly on the ball on Saturday and started with a bang, kicking the opening goal of the match, and said his legs felt good – particularly after last week’s break for the WA-SA state game.
“That’s the hardest part with coming back from the knee, the repetition of games that I haven’t had from the last year,” he said.
“I’m getting pretty confident with my body now and I’m just happy to be back playing footy.”
Morabito could return for the Dockers against Richmond this week, although a Round 13 return against Essendon following the bye appears most likely.
But Morabito says he is in the dark about when he will return to the AFL.
“I’ve got no idea what the coach has in store,” he said.
“I’ve just got to keep playing. If they want me to stay here for another couple of weeks or however long it is, I’m not fazed.
“I’m just happy with my body going the way it is and if it keeps going this way, AFL is the next step but it’ll happen when it happens.”