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Joey keeps injury in perspective

Riley Kershaw in action for St Joseph’s. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

RILEY Kershaw says the highs from his football outweigh the disappointment of facing another stint on the sidelines.

The three-time St Joseph’s premiership player will undergo a second knee reconstruction on the same knee in less than three years after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s win over Lara at Drew Oval.

“I got six, seven, eight years without any interruptions and grabbed a few flags,” Kershaw told krockfootball.com.au.

“Although it’s disappointing the last 3-4 years to miss the amount of footy I have, I don’t have to look too far behind me to know that I had a lot of good footy in there, early days.

“I’m pretty appreciative of that, and I’m grateful for the stuff we got to do and achieve and the teams I got to be a part of.

“I can’t complain too much.”

Kershaw, the most experienced player at St Joseph’s in terms of GFL senior games with 125, suffered his first ACL rupture against Leopold in August 2019.

And the 27-year-old knew he was in trouble this time around after his leg got caught under Cat Dylan Jose in a one-on-one battle for the ball.

“When it happened, I went to ground, and it hit me light a lightning bolt what had actually happened.

“The feeling was very similar (to last time). The telltales were there; it was rather innocuous, and the feeling was very similar.

“I had the initial rush of pain, and then it subsided relatively quickly.

“I didn’t think it was going to be good.”

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Kershaw, who debuted as a 16-year-old under Russell Robertson on Anzac Day 2011, will now use his time on the sidelines to work out his football future.

“My thought process is to get the surgery done; I’ll attack my rehab pretty similar to what I did last time while I’ve got access to the footy club through the year,” he said.

“Then I’ve got all that time to make a decision of what I do moving forward.

“Whether I get back to playing or whatever I get to do, I suppose I’ve got a bit of time under my belt.

“I don’t have to make a decision tomorrow. I don’t have to make it in a month’s time or even six months.

“I’ve got some flexibility there. When that time comes, I’ll make that decision.

“I’ve just got to weigh up work and family now.”

One of the more popular members of the GFL fraternity, Kershaw said he received plenty of support since Saturday.

“Past coaches, past teammates, past opponents, and even current opponents,” he said. “The footy club’s been great, the Lara footy club was great on the weekend.

“In moments of despair, you see what the (football) community’s like.

“I really do appreciate that support.”

Twitter: @tom_king79