Seymour coach Brent Colbert had ruled himself out for the season due to a back injury, but following successful surgery he made his return to the field for the Lions on Saturday.MATTHEW GALEA July 22, 2014 3:05am
Seymour playing coach Brent Colbert won’t remember his comeback game for the result, but his rapid return from back surgery was impressive nonetheless.
Colbert suffered a severe back injury, which required surgery, in pre-season and had previously ruled himself out for the Goulburn Valley Football League season.
The playing coach said the injury sustained was a painful one, but he was feeling better now.
‘‘I basically had a bulging disc,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘The disc was pushing on the nerve and I couldn’t bend or anything like that.
‘‘I had numbness right down my back.
‘‘So the surgeons have gone in and shaved (the disc) back and given it a bit of a tidy up.’’
A good training run on Thursday prompted Colbert to pick himself for Saturday’s match against Shepparton, his first senior appearance since August.
Colbert was named in Seymour’s best and had a particularly impressive first half, but, like most of his teammates, faded in the second half as the Lions let a 31-point half-time lead slip to eventually lose by nine.
‘‘I feel awesome, but as far as footy goes, I’ve got a long way to go,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘Like everyone else I probably had a good first half, but when the game was there to be won, I didn’t stand up.’’
With the comeback game behind him, Colbert said he was looking forward to kicking on and seeing out the remainder of the season.
‘‘I’m feeling pretty good now, which is nice,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘Even last year, I played seven games and got injured and only played another two, so it was nice to get a full game in.’’
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