SKILFUL The Rock-Yerong Creek onballer Justin Driscoll will make his long-awaited return from injury today for the Farrer League preliminary final.
Driscoll has only played one of the past five games for the Magpies due to the birth of his child and a stress fracture in his foot.
The 29-year-old is regarded as one of the best players in the competition and is an important piece of TRYC’s talent-packed midfield.
Doctor’s orders had him out for six weeks a recovery period that would put him out of action until after next week’s grand final but he yesterday declared an early return was always on the cards.
“I’ll definitely play,” Driscoll said.
“Ideally it’s a six-week recovery but I’m going to play after four weeks.
“I’ve been training on it and it’s feeling fine.
“It was my call, I told Zoc (Michael Mazzocchi) I wanted to play and he said as long as I could train he would let me play.
“It’s good to be back.”
Driscoll had played the entire season before the birth of his child forced him to pull out of the round 14 game at Coleambally.
He returned to play the following week against Marrar but fell victim to the foot injury and has been watching from the sideline since.
He has been named to start on the bench tomorrow alongside his electrical apprentice Daniel Hore-Smith, who has spent the better part of this season recovering from a torn groin abductor.
TRYC will take on Marrar for a spot in next week’s grand final and Driscoll says he was determined to play.
“We’ve got to win tomorrow (today),” he said.
Driscoll has played his career at the Magpies, apart from a season with Wagga Tigers in 2004.
TRYC won the premiership last year under coach Mazzocchi, but Driscoll rates this year’s team as better.
“This side has probably the best midfield I’ve seen,” he said.
“On paper this is the best side I’ve played in and hopefully that can show over the next couple of weeks.”
Back-up ruckman Tim Pankhurst has been taken out of last week’s team while Mahlon Norbury has made way for the return of Driscoll and Hore-Smith.
EXPERIENCE: TRYC player Justin Driscoll will return from injury to play today’s Farrer League preliminary final at Maher Oval.
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