Adelaide's Cam Ellis-Yolmen is glad to be on track to return from a serious knee injury at the start of the new season.
Ellis-Yolman remained upbeat during his rehab from a ruptured ACL in his right knee, spending much of last season in an assistant coaching role for the Crows' SANFL side.
His own campaign was over just 10 minutes into the first game of the JLT Community Series when he picked up a knee injury that at first wasn't thought to be too series.
The 24-year-old hyperextended his right knee against eventual premiers Richmond and after feeling pain at a recovery swimming session the next day, scans revealed the worst.
I just want to get my body right during pre-season and set myself up.Cam Ellis-Yolmen
He said: "I don't want to do a knee, but you've got to find the positives and the stuff that will make you better as a footballer. I've been putting that into practice in training and hopefully it helps the way I play."
Ellis-Yolman returned to full training in the lead-up to the Grand Final, about seven months after the injury.
He's completed every training session since and is ticking off the days until Adelaide's opening JLT Community Series game against Fremantle at Strathalbyn Oval on 25th February.
"I've been confident on my knee and had no problems," he said. "I just want to get my body right during pre-season and set myself up.
"I just want to play round one, no matter if it's AFL or SANFL, I just want to play."
Ellis-Yolman has also been there for injured teammate Brodie Smith, who is set to miss all of the 2018 season after rupturing his ACL in the qualifying final win over Greater Western Sydney.
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