His last game was Round 2 of the 2014 season against the Eagles, but Jack Trengove is finally making in-roads from a dreaded foot injury.
Trengove is refusing to put a time frame on his return to football, but says that he is continually ramping up his training program.
The former Demons captain says he will be throwing himself into full contact drills next month, which he says will be the biggest test for him on his road to recovery.
“Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel now. I’m back to running now and the next big stage for me is to get into the real footy stuff,” Trengove told 1116 SEN.
“As cliche as it is, it really is a week to week sort of thing, even a day to day thing.
“I’m ticking off the sessions as they come and I’m adding a little bit more but the nature of the injury, it’s about adding load and seeing how the foot reacts to it.
“At this stage, touch wood, it’s working well. It’s easy to run around and kick a footy but to get tackled, tackle yourself and do all those sort of movements is a different thing itself.”
Trengove admits that he will be taking a conservative approach, aiming to avoid re-injuring the navicular bone in his foot yet again.
“I guess I’m one of those guys that’s quite competitive, so you want to get back out there as soon as possible, he said.
“I guess that can hurt you if you go too early, so patience is the key to make sure you’re listening to your foot and the bones within your feet, to make sure they’re fully mended before you go again.
“Hopefully this time around I’ve nailed it.”
The former skipper says he is also backing much maligned team-mate Jack Watts to have a big year, with the former number one draft pick performing the best out on the track during the pre-season.
“This pre-season’s been tremendous. I’ve seen a lot of improvement, a lot of the guys that have been around for a bit have really taken that next step.
“A prime example is Jack Watts. He’s copped a lot of stick over the time but if you ask any of the boys at the moment who the best trainer is, Wattsy would be right up there.
“Hopefully he’s one of those guys that takes to the next level, which takes the club to the next level.”
Trengove is a free agent at the end of this season and will be looking to return to the field to prove his worth.