Page puts pain behind him

Updated: February 27, 2016

Bell Post Hill co-captain’s Joel Page (left) and Cam Addie post with the GDFL premiership cup. Picture: ARJ GIESE

FOR Joel Page, the image above is one of mixed emotions.

Taken just minutes after Bell Post Hill claimed its fifth premiership in six seasons following the Panthers systematic dismantling of North Geelong in the 2015 grand final, an injured Page was invited to the dais to share the moment with co-captain Cam Addie.

“It was pretty hard and I didn’t know what to think,” Page told K rock said.

“I didn’t whether to go up there or whether not to.

“I was really happy that the boys had done it, but disappointed I missed out.

“It was a hard one, hard to explain.”

After suffering a knee injury in Round 6, the 29-year-old was a given a range of advice from medical specialists on how to treat the damage.

“I had a few different opinions of surgeons that I could strengthen it myself and that would be my only hope to play,” Page said.

“Then I had a different opinion saying surgery was the only way to go.

“But I chose to try and strengthen it myself and (I) played the last round of the year and it went again.”

Page, who is a self-employed plumber, admits to giving retirement serious consideration.

“I’ve got my own business and I thought I really can’t afford another injury like that, he said.

“Probably until Stoofa was announced as coach, that was the thing that made me want to keep playing on, just to give a little bit back to what he’s given us.”

Page, who will again share captaincy duties with Addie in 2016, went under the knife in November for a surgery he described as “a burger with the lot”.

“I had a torn PCL, which they didn’t full reconstruct, they just stitched back up,” he said.

“I had a pitting in the bone and they had to grind the bone back smooth, and a torn meniscus.”

Although ahead of schedule in his recovery, Page won’t be rushing to return for a Round 1 meeting with Bannockburn.

“I’m still limited to what I can do,” he said.

“I’m doing a lot of the competitive work, a lot of the lateral work, but just 50 per cent of the time.

“If I keep progressing how I am, I’d like to come back Round 4 or 5.

“At the moment I’ve had no setbacks and it’s feeling really strong.”

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