Gold Coast Suns midfielder Jaeger O'Meara is edging ever closer to returning to play football after training with the main group for the first time in 13 months earlier today.
O'Meara joined in the warm-up as well as the first two training drills, before re-joining the rehabilitation group.
The talented West Australian suffered a ruptured patella tendon last season and hasn't returned to the field since.
“I got to train with the main group for the first time in probably about 13 months today so can’t wipe the smile off my face,” O’Meara told the club's website.
“It was good just to get around the boys and just be a footy player again. It was really fun.
“In the grand scheme of things it’s a really small step but for me, I haven’t been able to train with the main group for a long time and even though I’ve got the orange hat on so no-one can touch me out there, it was still good just to be around the boys and have that camaraderie.”
While a return to senior football is still a while off, O'Meara is hoping to join the main group within the coming weeks for a full session and build his fitness.
“The next phase of my rehab will include a lot of agility stuff, some jumping and that kind of thing and I’ll start to incorporate a lot more skills,” he said.
“I’ll drip feed into the main group a little bit like I did today and then just progressively do more and more and hopefully get myself right to play in the coming weeks.”