Warragul footballer Caleb Serong is hoping to continue kicking goals for Victoria Country at the under 16 National Championships following what has arguably been the biggest challenge of his football career.
Just seven weeks out from the opening match against Victoria Metro at Punt Rd, Caleb broke his collarbone and the championships looked a long way off.
“I’ve never really had an injury like this before,” he said.
“It was difficult to get my head around the fact I can’t play footy for seven weeks.
“The best-case scenario was to have the surgery, that brought a 12 to 13 week recovery down to seven.
“It was just a case of getting it right and getting the strength and confidence in it.”
With round one of the championships the aim, Caleb was diligent in his rehabilitation to give himself every chance to play in the championships.
While he could complete some fitness work along the way, Caleb went into match week with the challenge of not having any touch activity in the lead up to the carnival.
“There was no tackling or bumping until two days before,” he said.
“I probably didn’t really know until I trained the Wednesday before at Power, where I was given the all clear.