Hungry Blechynden Eyes WAFL Return.
- Thursday, 21 February 2013
Subiaco young gun Reece Blechynden has vowed to continue his 51 game WAFL career despite a gas explosion, which almost claimed the 23-year-old's life.
Blechynden, who recently started a new job in real estate, continues to recover from severe burns to his face arms and chest after a gas oven exploded on him, hurling him across the kitchen of his family owned restaurant Bellafonte in Hillarys.
While skin grafts and extensive rehabilitation has sidelined him for season 2013, Blechynden is adamant the horrific accident is just a minor setback.
"The recovery process of the burns hasn't quiet come up the way I would have liked it at this stage so it's best to give it the full 12 months to recover and then get back into it next year"
Blechynden was a vital cog in Subiaco's midfield last season averaging 17 possessions a game until the horrific accident hospitalised him in August.
"Laying in hospital there all bandaged up in bits and pieces… it was a bit of a painful experience…a definite eye opener for me. All in all coming out of it the way I have, it wasn't a good experience but it was one I needed I think"
Blechynden initially had his heart set on a 2013 comeback but doctors dashed his fairytale return explaining that his developing skin wouldn't react well to the demands of WAFL football.
"They (the doctors) highly suggested that I stay out of the sun for at least 18 months while the skin gets a chance to rejuvenate so it doesn't leave me with sunspots"
"It was really, really tough decision to say 'I’m not going to be playing this year' and to have to sit on the sideline"
Blechynden expressed his gratitude to Subiaco's response to his situation and says the ordeal has only strengthened his ties with the club.
"I'm going to be down there throughout out the year supporting the boys I want to stay involved with the club I don't want to become distant… it's going to be good to have a year off, freshen up, get a new outlook on things and come back hungrier than ever."