Nirranda midfielder-forward Danny Craven hopeful of being a part of Blues' premiership assualt

Back in: Danny Craven has been named to play his first senior game of the 2018 season after being sidelined with injury. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Back in: Danny Craven has been named to play his first senior game of the 2018 season after being sidelined with injury. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Danny Craven knows he has found his way back into Nirranda’s senior team at the right time of the season.

The midfielder-forward will play his first senior game of the year with the premiership favourite against Merrivale on Saturday.

He said, like every other player on the Blues’ list, he wanted to help the club win another flag.

"It feels great getting back into the (senior side) this week and feels good to be back with the boys,” he said.

"They are obviously in the hunt for a flag, so I was really keen to get back and try and win one.

"Everyone’s really hungry to try win, they (premierships) are hard to win, but we’ve got a good chance to try and win one this year.”

The 22-year-old also admitted he was lucky to get back into the star-studded team.

He decided to travel overseas after having an arthroscope on his troublesome ankle earlier this year.

Craven went to the Greek islands, Italy, sailed in Croatia and ran with the bulls in Spain.

"I was hopeful of getting back in. I've just been in the twos trying to get some form and fitness back,” he said.

"As I had surgery at start the year and couldn’t really play footy, I thought I might as well do a bit of travelling while I could.”

The young Blue said now he was now focused on staying in the team.

He knows with finals just one week away, that he won’t be the only player fighting for a spot.

"With the reserves going well and a lot good players there, there’s always pressure on spots so it keeps everyone on their toes," he said.

"I just need to play my role and do the team things to help us get the win, tackling and pressure normally, but whatever the coaches want me to do."

Craven has played four reserves games for the season and has been named as one of the Blues’ two best players in his past two matches.