Deledio over big hurdle in rehab

19 May 2017 21:26:35 GMTPlus11

Brett Deledio believes he will make a comeback for Greater Western Sydney in mid-season.

The Giants recruit has overcome a psychological barrier in his rehab this week, and feels he's on course to finally make his debut for the club.

I'm rapt just to be out running on the ground, rather than being inside cross training.

Brett Deledio

The 30-year-old hasn't played a competitive game since joining Leon Cameron's club, having strained his right calf in February.

Deledio has suffered more than one recurrence of the problem since, but has been running strongly for the past fortnight.

Twice already he's built up his training, before having to back off his workload when his troublesome right calf failed to respond.

However, the club's strength and conditioning staff have worked hard with him and the dual All Australian is finally feeling positive about a return to the playing field.

"Wednesday was the hurdle we needed to jump to get over the hoodoo," he said. "We built up the calf and made it really strong, but it's still (about taking it) slowly, slowly ... and I'm hoping to be out there around the (round 13) bye.

"I've been doing Barre classes, a lot of calf and glute work to strengthen up my mid-section, walking backwards on treadmills with weighted vests, and calf raise upon calf raise just to make it strong, and hopefully bulletproof.

"I'm itching to be out there playing footy, and I'm rapt just to be out running on the ground, rather than being inside cross training."

It's too early for him to be involved against his old club Richmond on Saturday, and he admits it will be strange being on the sidelines against the Tigers with whom he spent 12 years.

GWS have made two changes, with All Australian Toby Greene returning from suspension alongside debutant Harry Perryman.

Injured midfielder Stephen Coniglio (ankle) and Harrison Himmelberg (omitted) make way. 

Greater Western Sydney are 2/7 to beat the Tigers, who are 57/20.

GWS are 93/100 conceding a 23.5-points start.

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