Canberra Vice-Captain Andrew Swan is taking a patient approach as he continues his recovery from a knee reconstruction, with the midfielder targeting a return to the field before mid-season.
The 26-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last June and underwent a traditional reconstruction in September, though admits he will take a cautious approach in returning to action.
"I'd like to play as early as I can, but they'll probably hold me back a little bit just to make sure it's 100 per cent right this time,” said Swan.
I guess towards the middle of the year, or maybe a bit before that, but we're not really putting a timeframe on it at this point in time."
"I just want to do everything right and get out there as soon as possible."
The former Queanbeyan Tiger opted for LARS (Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System) surgery five years ago because of the faster recovery time, but the artificial ligament used started to fail early last season.
"I heard at the time that a few had failed, but being at that young age and just trying to play footy, come back as soon as I can, the option was there and that's what I went with," Swan told The Canberra Times last year.
"Its shown now that it's probably not the right technology and I should've just gone traditional, but hindsight's a great thing."
Swan ended his 2018 NEAFL season in Round 9 following the Demons' convincing win over the Brisbane Lions at Manuka Oval.
He has since returned to a light training program and participated in the Club's 2km time trial last week.