Bolton’s finals hope

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Updated: July 31, 2015
Jye Bolton (Arj Giese)
Jye Bolton (Arj Giese)

Star midfielder Jye Bolton is hoping to be part of a Werribee finals campaign. Picture: ARJ GIESE

INJURED Werribee midfielder Jye Bolton is confident he can still play a role in the Tigers’ 2015 campaign if they qualify for a fourth consecutive finals appearance.

Bolton, runner up in Werribee’s best and fairest last season, is recovering from a foot fracture suffered in the opening minutes of the Tigers’ narrow Round 13 loss to Geelong at Avalon Airport Oval.

The injury required surgery but the 23-year-old playmaker is aiming to be back in full training in a fortnight and is eyeing a return in the opening week of the finals.

Werribee is currently in eighth spot on the ladder, two games clear of its nearest challenger Port Melbourne with five rounds remaining.

“I’m aiming to play the first final – if we make it,” Bolton told K-ROCK Football.com.au

“We’ve got a tough run but we’ve got belief in our group and blokes are getting confidence.

“We’ve got a lot of first year players in the side at this stage, but they seem to have the confidence that they can play and contribute at that level.

“We’ve got a solid game plan, everyone knows it, and if we play footy the way we want to play I reckon we’ll definitely make finals and I’ll definitely be aiming to play that.”

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Bolton said he “heard a crack” in his foot while in a contest with Cat Daniel Menzel, but it wasn’t until a few minutes later he was in serious pain.

“I thought it was my ankle clicking or something like that and I kept trying to play and about three minutes later the adrenalin must have worn off and I could barely put any weight on it,” Bolton said.

Scans diagnosed the injury as a ‘Jones fracture’, which impacts the fifth metatarsal of the foot, and the former Collingwood rookie was operated on by orthopedic surgeon Mark Blackney.

Because it was a crack that went up in a tricky area they put in a screw just to stabilize it and then did a bone graft to make it heal quicker,” Bolton said.

“He (Blackney) was really happy with how it all went. I’ve spoken to him since and he said I’m ahead of schedule of where he thought I’d be.

“So I’ve only heard good news about it so far, which is handy.”

The foot fracture is the second injury Bolton, who was named in the 2014 VFL Team of the Year, has suffered this season. He also missed a fortnight after hurting his shoulder back in Round 2.

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