No knee concerns for Doedee

20 May 2020 18:33:56 GMTPlus10

Defender Tom Doedee has pronounced himself ready to go for Adelaide, and hoping to play his first senior game since last year's opening round.

The 23-year-old intercept specialist ruptured the ACL in his left knee in the Round 1 clash with Hawthorn.

He wasn't able to resume via this year's pre-season Marsh Community Series or the opening-round defeat to Sydney as he suffered a minor setback ina  training session.

Doedee, who has been completing his rehab back home in regional Victoria town Lara, is putting his hand up for a long-awaited return.

"I have zero apprehension about my knee. I had a run around today (and) all is feeling good ... I am good to go," he said.

"It feels like forever since I've played a game of footy ... thankfully everything that happened before round one is now behind me."

Doedee was drafted by the Crows with their second selection and 17th overall in the 2015 AFL Draft.

The former talented basketballer spent two years in the SANFL before slotting into Adelaide's backline in 2018, finishing second in the AFL's Rising Star award that season.

It's been frustrating, he admits, to have been sidelined for so long.

"Everyone in the football world is looking forward to having it back and I am itching to go after not playing for 14 to 15 months," he said.

A poor run-in to the end of the season cost the Crows any chance of a finals berth last year.

Following their Round 14 bye, they won just two of their last nine games and ended the campaign with three consecutive losses to West Coast, Collingwood and Western Bulldogs.

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