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Scully to play this weekend in VFL

Roger Vaughan 24/05/2011 07:05:23 PM Comments (0)

Young Melbourne star Tom Scully will finally resume playing this weekend, raising hopes of an imminent return to the AFL.

The Demons rated the 2009 No.1 draft pick as a "test" in this week's injury list and football manager Chris Connolly confirmed Scully would play for Casey.

A persistent knee injury means Scully has not played since the pre-season.

"He'll play a certain amount of game time at Casey this week, that's the plan at this point," Connolly said.

"He'll have limited game time this week and we'll have a conservative approach to his reintroduction to the game.

"We're looking forward to him getting out there and I know he is."

It has been a frustrating few weeks for Scully, who has also been the subject of unconfirmed speculation that he will go to Greater Western Sydney at the end of the year.

While Scully must regain match fitness, he continues to impress the Demons with his professionalism and the 20-year-old is rated one of the fittest players at the club.

The midfielder starred in his debut season last year, earning a Rising Star nomination and playing 21 of 22 games.

"His attitude throughout this whole injury phase has just been 100 per cent class," Connolly said.

"There is just so much attention to detail and how he goes about his business.

"He's one bloke you know is going to tick every box and he's certainly done that, he should approach this week's game with a lot of confidence."

Connolly was asked how long the Demons thought it would take for Scully to return to the AFL, but he deferred that to coach Dean Bailey.

"They're questions you ask Dean, certainly physically he's been ticking all the boxes," Connolly said.

Small forward Austin Wonaeamirri could also return to the senior side this week from a minor knee injury.

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