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Polak to complete dream comeback

19/08/2009 09:38:24 PM Comments (0)

Richmond defender Graham Polak is set to make an emotional AFL return in Saturday's clash with Hawthorn, little more than a year after his near-fatal accident.

Polak, 25, has not played since suffering life-threatening head injuries when he was struck by a tram in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale in June last year.

"I was so excited when (caretaker coach) Jade Rawlings told me the news late this afternoon, it's been my dream to be able to get back and play a game at the MCG," Polak said in a statement.

"The support of my fellow players, my family, management and all the staff at the Richmond Football Club over the past year has been amazing and has helped me through some incredibly tough times.

"I can't wait to get out there with my teammates and play my heart out and whatever happens in the future, I am really proud of myself for making it this far."

Polak had been told by doctors it was unlikely he would play again this year but he put in a several strong performances playing for Coburg in the VFL.

His comeback to the top level looked in doubt after he suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago but Richmond confirmed on Wednesday he would complete a dream return against the Hawks.

His naming comes at an ideal time with two matches still to prove his worth on the Tigers' list before they appoint a new coach for the 2010 season.

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