Star West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr says he is now playing free of the pain that he experienced in his torn hamstring up until the start of this year’s pre-season.
The 29-year-old spoke openly about his injury-affected past following confirmation he had signed a two-year deal as forecast by The West Australian earlier this week, tying him to the Eagles until the end of the 2014 season.
His honest assessment comes as he prepares to bring up his 200-game milestone against North Melbourne at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena on Saturday.
Kerr’s career had been threatened by tearing his right hamstring tendon from the bone in round four, 2010.
The premiership player managed 16 games in his comeback season last year, but revealed he had played in regular discomfort.
“Even last year when I was playing with it for a majority of the year it did feel like I was playing with a torn hamstring,” Kerr said.
“It was hard to work out when it was actually torn and when it was fine, but I just had the after effects of the surgery.
“I came into this pre-season still feeling it a little bit and then it just went away. So I’m reasonably confident now, touch wood, besides impact injuries that my body will hold up.”
Kerr has not missed a game this year and said he had been pulling up from matches really well.
“Obviously when you’re getting tagged and teams are running into you off the ball and you’re getting hit a little more, you get a lot more sore,” Kerr said.
“But the legs from the running and the sprinting haven’t been getting sore in certain areas where they have in the past, so I’ve been pretty happy.”