- Friday, 01 November 2013
Written by: Michael Barr | Photo: Kim Johnson
After a blistering start to the 2013 season; disaster struck young Colt Cody Grace.
After Round 13 against the Swan Districts club doctors diagnosed Grace with a lower back stress fracture which would sideline the young star for the rest of the season.
Despite the blow of missing a large portion of football; his side’s run at the finals in 2013 added fuel to the fire for Cody Grace as the Lions became premiership contenders.
Watching his team go down in a Preliminary final against Claremont has helped focus the young utility; as he plans to make a return to the track in the next two weeks.
“Watching the boys lose the Prelim against Claremont and not being able to finish the season like the year before was a blow; but it made me more focused to come back this season.”
“I had been playing some good football in various positions in the forward line and midfield; so the injury was a bit of a setback.”
The Kalgoorlie raised kid praised the Subiaco medical staff for their efficiency though; with early detection and treatment saving Grace further drama.
“The club did a really good job of managing the injury; I’ve had back pains for the last two years or so. So when the injury flared up against Swan Districts in Round 12 club medical staff recommended that I have a break.”
“We had an MRI done the week after which revealed I had a stress fracture in my lower back. I’ve been seeing club doctor Kim Manolas regularly who has been assuring me every step of the way; the club have done an excellent job of looking after me.”
Cody Grace is now looking at an imminent comeback to the training track 20 weeks after the initial injury.
“I’ll hopefully be back on the track in the next two weeks doing some light running and drills. I’m hoping to be more fit than I was last year by the time the season starts.”
“I’m really excited to get back out there, counting down the days so hopefully the rehab goes to plan. I’m hoping to train with the seniors until December with a few of the other Colts boys like Connor Wilkinson and Rhys McAlister which will be a great experience.”
In regards to season 2014; Grace is keeping focused.
“I’m just hoping to get out there and play some good footy with the Colts; if State 18’s or other accolades come up then it will mean I’m on the right track.”