COLLINGWOOD’S prized recruit Daniel Wells made a successful return from a lingering calf injury in Saturday’s thrilling two-point win over Coburg at Coburg City Oval.
The 32-year-old is likely to press to make his AFL debut as a Pie for Tuesday week’s Anzac Day clash against Essendon.
While it wasn’t a dominant display from Wells, he showed poise and class when required and — perhaps more importantly — got through his return game unscathed, playing 80 per cent game time.
Whether the club opts to roll the dice with Wells or give him another game in the VFL — against Essendon at Windy Hill next Sunday — the former Roo said he was just “happy to be playing finally”.
“We’ll just get through this game, recover from it and it all depends on how the senior team goes tomorrow. We’ve got a bit of time to reassess. It’s been a long time since I’ve played,” Wells told the Sunday Herald Sun after the match.
“I’m happy to be out here and I’m rapt with the win too.
“I’m really enjoying it (at Collingwood). It’s a good young group of players as you seen today. I was just happy to help out in some way or another and hopefully the boys get the job done tomorrow.”
The veteran signed a three-year deal, reportedly worth $1.8 million after crossing to the Pies at the end of last season as an unrestricted free agent.
While Wells has been injury-plagued during his career with a persistent calf injury, he returned to peak form last season, playing 19 matches for the Roos, including the elimination final loss.
He was confident after the match that he had shrugged off his injury woes.
The Pies have some other options to call upon, including Jordan De Goey, who was among the best in a dominant display that netted three goals, including a steadier in the final term.
De Goey, who racked up 26 touches, said his return was “definitely a part of repaying the faith” while serving a three-week club-imposed ban, after admitting that he had lied about how he sustained his broken hand during the pre-season.
Lynden Dunn, too, was solid with 31 disposals, while Chris Mayne slotted two majors. Jarryd Blair was the carry-over emergency for Sunday’s clash against the Saints.
The Pies survived a lion-hearted comeback from Coburg, with a late-goal to Jordan Kelly clinching victory.
In Saturday’s other VFL match, Sandringham defeated Essendon by seven-points.
Originally published as Wells gets through VFL workout
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