Jimmy Crawford is on the brink of making his long-awaited return from an ankle injury

ALMOST: Jimmy Crawford

ALMOST: Jimmy Crawford

POWERFUL Old Collegians forward Jimmy Crawford is on the brink of making his long-awaited return from an ankle injury.

Crawford, a recruit from Deakin University Sharks in the off-season, hasn’t played in more than a month but could return next week.

Warriors mentor Josh Reichman said Crawford just missed out on selection for the final round of home-and-away action.

“He was really close this week, we probably could have played him,” Reichman said.

“He probably wasn’t 100 per cent so we thought we’d give him another week or two to get right. 

“We know what he gives us so it’ll be good to get him back.”