REIGNING North Warrnambool Eagles best and fairest winner Dylan Parish is “keen to get into it” after a three-month stint on the sidelines with injury.
The utility will return from a broken arm against Camperdown at Bushfield Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Parish, 25, said he was pleased with his recovery after hurting himself in a contest against Cobden in round two.
He missed nine games but enjoyed the benefit of two byes.
“I am actually pretty happy with the the length of time I missed because I was lucky enough to have a metal plate and screws so that sped up the process more than a traditional cast,” Parish said.
“I’ve put my hand up to play so you’ve got to be 100 per cent.
“I am keen to get into it. I have been full-on training for the last three weeks and running for the last six.”
Parish’s broken ulna was the third serious injury of his career following ligament damage in his foot and a broken collarbone.
“I am used to spending a little bit of time on the sidelines unfortunately,” he said.
“I went up for a spoil (against the Bombers) in the back line and cracked someone in the back of the head or shoulder.
“It was pretty solid and I heard it break.”
The injury forced Parish to take eight weeks off work.
The Neville Dance Construction builder said he was grateful for his employer’s support.
“My boss was very good to me about it; I was very fortunate in that regard,” Parish said.
Parish is in his third Hampden league season after crossing from Wimmera club Horsham, where he won four senior flags and kicked 117 goals as a 17-year-old.
“(North) has a fantastic bunch of people and is a very family-orientated club,” he said.
“They are very welcoming and always good to me and everyone else.”
North Warrnambool Eagles are two games clear in fifth after a shaky start to the season. Parish believes the 2016 beaten grand finalist is finding form and building confidence.
“Our win over Cobden before the bye was our best,” he said.
“We’re starting to make a bit of progress and are getting a few boys back in the side.
“The young lads are playing exceptionally well and are holding us in good stead.”
Eagles co-coach Graeme Twaddle said Parish’s return would provide a boost.
“Having him firing over the next month of football will be important,” he said.
I was lucky enough to have a metal plate and screws in so it sped up the process.