Strength the key for injury-free Hoskins


Injury plagued midfielder Craig Hoskins says it’s a relief to finally be back on the field after a frustrating 12 months of injury set backs.


Hoskins’ career as a colt is perhaps the most impressive of any past player. He starred for the Lions for three seasons taking out two best and fairest awards, only the third player in the club’s history to do so.

After averaging more than 24 possessions over 20 games in 2011, the hard running midfielder was named in the WAFL Colts Team of the Year.

Originally from Sorrento-Duncraig Hoskins managed just five games in his initial year of senior footy with Subiaco and ran out for the first time this season as part of the Lions reserves side that drew with Claremont on Saturday.

Rewind the clock only 5 months and Hoskins was watching from the sidelines with both his legs in full-length metal braces after undergoing dual knee operations.

“Last year I had patella debridement in both my knees, it’s where they cut a bit of tendon and bone out so that it grows back smoother, I’m feeling better than I was this time last year so hopefully it’s worked.” Hoskins said.

The 20-year-old elected to undergo the double bout of surgery to put an end to a cruel string of injuries that was originally triggered by back troubles as a teenager.

“I had a back injury during my second year of colts which wasn’t too bad but then my knees started to get a bit sore because of the way I was running.”

“My knees became pretty painful last year and then I tore my hamstring a couple of times because of the way I was running. I was putting too much load through my legs, so I’ve just had to strengthen both legs up and get them good to go.” He said.

Hoskins says while the procedures went smoothly, the 14 days that followed were a test – he wore a full-length brace on each leg.

“Going to the toilet was tough, I probably didn’t use the toilet as much as I normally would for those two weeks, my mates were taking the piss out of me a bit,”

“I just had two straight leg braces on for two weeks so I was walking like a tool for a fortnight, after that it was crutches for a bit and then two or three months later I could start running, now I’ve just got to work on the strength in my quads and glutes.”

The youngster’s work-load is being heavily monitored by Subiaco’s medical staff, Hoskins’ played around 50% game-time against the Tigers, showing no signs of the familiar knee, back and hamstring soreness.

“It was great to finally get back out there, its good to be out playing with the boys after what feels like ages on the sidelines,”

“The next step for me is getting my match fitness up, stringing some games together, I don’t have any expectations except to stay healthy and enjoy my footy this season” He said.

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