Fremantle star Michael Walters is confident it was the right call not to have surgery on his left knee, saying a period of rest had him set for a strong summer.
Walters missed the last five games of the 2017 season after injuring his left posterior cruciate ligament, but decided against having an operation.
“We didn’t want to have surgery because it was going to set me back a bit longer,” he said.
“If you are going to do a knee, you’d rather do the PCL and I’ve done that twice before so the recovery is pretty quick and easy. This one gave me a little bit of troubles so far during the off-season but it’s all good now and I’m back training.
“It’s (the tape) just a precaution just so I don’t do any more damage to it. I can easily train without it. Just until it gets a little bit stronger I’m happy to wear the tape.”
“I am back into full training now and have been for the past week. The knee is looking good and it’s just good to be out there and training with the boys.”
Walters, 26, is training with both the midfield and forwards after starring during stints in the middle in 2017.
The stand-out was round 15 against St Kilda when he booted six goals from 32 disposals.
“We have got a pretty good group now that we’ve got players who can sweep into the midfield but also play forward,” Walters said.
“We’ve got Harley Bennell coming back in and we’ve got Ballas (Hayden Ballantyne) who can also do it as well. The majority of us are trying to work on our craft and trying to build our game and make it a bit better than last year.”
Walters described the pre-Christmas period as a vital part of the pre-season.
“Everyone has come back in good shape,” he said. “Everyone has come back in good nick and that’s what we expect. We hold high expectations as a leadership group.”
Close to the full squad trained at Cockburn on Monday morning in temperatures over 30C.