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Geelong Falcon Titit Nyak will play his first TAC Cup since 2016 on Saturday. (krockfootball.com.au/Al Packer)

AS far as feel-good stories go at the Geelong Falcons this year, there’s none better than the return of exciting prospect Titit Nyak.

Nyak is poised to play his first game of competitive football in more than a year when the Falcons take on the Western Jets at Werribee in Round 9 of the TAC Cup on Saturday.

The 19-year-old required a knee reconstruction after rupturing his ACL late in the Falcons’ 2016 pre-season.

You could mount an argument that had he not suffered the injury, Nyak would have been part of their premiership side.

Saturday will be Nyak’s first TAC Cup appearance in more than two years and he’s been named in a back pocket.

His last came as a 17-year-old back in 2016 – the same season he was named the Geelong and District Football League’s Rookie of the Year playing with North Geelong.

It won’t be just the Falcons who will be keeping a close eye on Nyak’s comeback at Avalon Airport Oval. He’s also a member of Geelong’s NextGen Academy and the Cats have priority access to him ahead of the draft period.

Falcons coach Danny O’Keefe said the 186cm Nyak had been back training for more than a month and was “flying” as he bids to make an impact in the second half of the TAC Cup campaign.

“Before he did his knee last pre-season, he was like a different player to the previous year,” O’Keefe said of Nyak.

“We really don’t know what we’re going to get with Titit (because he hasn’t played for so long).

“What we’ve lacked this year is speed and that’s one of Titit’s assets and strength and what we’ve been looking for as a team.”

HE’S IN! For the first time since his injury in March last year, Titit Nyak will pull on a Falcons jumper for a game this weekend! #season2018 #selfless #accountable #resilient

Posted by Geelong Falcons on Thursday, 14 June 2018

 

Nyak is one of a host of changes made to the Falcons’ side.

Importantly, they regain key big man Dane Hollenkamp from duties at the AFL under-18 national championships while 17-year-old Cooper Stephens has earned a call-up for Vic Country’s clash against South Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.

Hollenkamp was one of the Falcons’ best in their Round 5 loss to the Jets at Williamstown and he’ll strengthen their defence against the Jets.

Ruckman Jack Grigsby returns while St Joseph’s Zack Mongelli will be their latest debutante.

The Falcons are in 10th spot and looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat. The third-placed Jets are enjoying their best campaign since they last played finals in 2014.

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TAC CUP ROUND 9

GEELONG FALCONS (10th) vs. WESTERN JETS (3rd)

Avalon Airport Oval

Saturday, June 16, 11:00am

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