Colac footballer Shaun Keast’s incredible return from two knee reconstructions will hit another major milestone tomorrow when he plays his first game in two years.
Football has taken a back seat since he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in early 2015, with work and his young family taking priority.
Keast was 22 years old and needed major surgery for the second time.
He conceded the injury had taken an emotional toll, having to watch from the sidelines despite being an at age when he should be entering the prime of his career.
But Keast said, with the support of his friends, family and partner Kelsey Jeffreys, he never gave up hope on a return to the field.
“I was 10 months into my recovery from my first reconstruction when I did my ACL again, it was pretty disappointing,” he said.
“There were a few dark days, it does get pretty hard.
“But the support from friends and family gets you through, Kels has been really good.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind to come back, I always enjoyed playing football.
“So I always thought I’d give it one more crack again, if it goes again then that’s when I’ll probably hang up the boots.”
Keast had racked up 18 senior games before rupturing his ACL for the first time, one game into the Tigers’ much-hyped 2014 season.
“I first did it when I was 21, I was in a contest at training and it just went on me,” he said.
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