CANBERRA Demons recruit Luke Robertson has battled frustration, anger and self-doubt ahead of his emotional return to football.
The 19-year-old has not played a competitive game of football since breaking his leg representing the Allies Squad in the AFL U18 Championships last year.
The key defender's injury was so severe that it took two separate operations, and the insertion of a medal rod, just to enable Robertson the ability to walk again.
Forced to undergo months of rehabilitation, he confessed that in the lonely world of rehab his mental strength was pushed to the limit.
“There’s definitely been a number of dark moments where I felt like my leg would never be the same and felt that I had missed my opportunity"
"Watching training and games has honestly been the hardest part. It is very frustrating not being able to run around like I used to," said Robertson.
Despite this initial mental struggle Robertson admits he’s accepted the injury and will look to use his newfound positivity into making the most out of his opportunity with Canberra in the NEAFL this season.
“I joined Canberra because it was a fantastic opportunity, they’re an exciting team full of young talent and I saw an attitude that was something I really liked, and I felt that it would be the best place for me to set my mind on my rehab."
“Joining Canberra allows me to play my football at a high standard this season, it’ll allow me to showcase myself and allow me to improve as a player and get back to playing the football I know I’m capable of," said Robertson.
Robertson will return to action via the Gungahlin Jets in the AFL Canberra competition this Friday night against Eastlake at the Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.