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Lockdown “bittersweet” – Kersh

St Joseph’s star Riley Kershaw in action against Bell Park in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

RILEY Kershaw has admitted to mixed emotions when he found out the start of the 2020 GFL season would be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On the comeback trail from a knee reconstruction, the St Joseph’s star may find himself in a position to be available for the opening round of a truncated season.

However, the lack of organised training means Kershaw’s rehab hasn’t been able to continue on the course he was navigating to a return sometime late June or early July.

“It’s bittersweet … it’s a bit of a weird feeling,” he said.

“I was speaking to (Geelong West star) Patrick Eastman last week, and he’s in a bit of a similar boat going down with his knee.

“He might miss this season, but a might be a bit of a relief for him as well.

“I think it will be disappointing if the season doesn’t get away considering how much work we’ve put in as a side over the last six months.”

Having undergone his six-month check-up following surgery on September 12, Kershaw was ready to increase his training load when the stoppage occurred.

“I was ready to get back into contact drills and really start ramping up full training,” he said.

“I was in a really good spot leading into the season. It’s a bit of a curveball at the moment.

“It does play a bit on your mental side; motivation was a bit lower after we stopped training.

“You do six months of work and to have it taken away when you get into the exciting parts of rehab, it’s a bit of a mental challenge.

“But over the last couple of weeks, I’ve started to pick it up again and get back on the horse.”

With the assistance of teammate and physiotherapist Jordan Keras, Kershaw will continue working towards his comeback – whether it’s this year or next.

“We had a conversation last week that when setbacks occur, the big mistake people can make is not adapting to that situation,” Kershaw said.

“This is a situation that we’re going to have to adapt to.

“I’ll keep doing my stuff behind closed doors, and if we do get the nod to get back, we’ll reassess my situation from there.

“Who knows? I might be in a position where I can be fortunate enough to get back into it (playing).

“We’ll just have to let that one play out.”

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