Shaun Edwards one step closer to AFL with promising comeback

Shaun Edwards will look to build after making a promising comeback from injury last weekend against Sydney University, when the Swans travel to Newcastle for NEAFL's round 9 clash against Gold Coast.

Edwards, the ex-Bomber and Giant, arrived at the club through the 2016 rookie draft, injured his AC joint in the Swans' NEAFL clash against NT Thunder earlier this year.

The injury didn't require surgery, and the exciting wingman had to wait for the pain to subside before resuming full training.

The 23-year-old slotted back into the side seamlessly last weekend, collecting 25 disposals (15 contested) and kicked one goal in the Swans' convincing win against ladder leaders Sydney University.

While there was a lot to like about his performance, he's ticking the required boxes and inching forward one step at a time towards an AFL comeback.

“I went back to Darwin, I was pretty excited to get back up there, (only to) pop out my AC joint,” Edwards told SwasnTV during the week.

“I missed two weeks but super excited to get back on Friday night and get back into some footy.

“Obviously, playing senior footy is the goal, being on the rookie list makes that tough without having a spot to get elevated, but I can only control my performances and the way I go about it.

“I’m looking forward to keeping that going and getting another win on Saturday.”

While Newcastle's oval won't hold the same feel as Marn Grook at the SCG tonight, Edwards is determined to turn it on this weekend given it coincides with the AFL's Indigenous round.

“Obviously Indigenous Round is a great platform for me to express myself in the footy world and celebrate Indigenous culture,” he added.

“It’s another opportunity for that on Saturday and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia

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