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Polak back training with Tigers

By Roger Vaughan 12/11/2008 04:34:09 PM Comments (0)

Richmond's Graham Polak continues to make encouraging progress from his serious head injuries, but an AFL comeback remains a distant goal.

The key position player has joined in senior pre-season training at the club over the last few weeks.

Earlier this year, Polak suffered brain damage when he ran into the path of a tram.

There were initially grave fears for his health, but the key position player has made a steady recovery.

"It gives everyone a lift, because we went through a hard time (this) year, when one of your team-mates goes down," said outgoing Richmond captain Kane Johnson.

"It's hard enough when he goes down on the footy field with a bad injury.

"But to have something like that ... get hit by a tram, that's just devastating for the whole club.

"At the moment, he's just doing what he can and he's relying on the physios and doctors to tell him what to do."

While Polak seemed to move well during training on Wednesday, club officials stress he is a long way from being fully-recovered and ready for an AFL comeback.

The Tigers have kept him on their senior list in the hope he will play football again.

"I don't know a lot, because I've only just got back from holidays," Johnson said.

"I think he's progressing really well and hopefully he can get back out there and play one day.

"But at the moment we're just trying to get him out training and see how the progress goes from there."

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