Nuri’s Jolly good recruit

NURIOOTPA recruit and former Adelaide Crows reserves midfielder Alex Jolly will return to the field for the first time in two years this coming season, following a knee reconstruction.
Jolly, who played his junior football at Salisbury, said he had the chance to join the Tigers before the 2016 season, an opportunity he said he should’ve taken at the time.
“I had two years to think about what I should’ve done, and I should’ve come out here then,” he said.
“It’s disappointing, but I’m ready to make the most of it now.”
The 22-year-old spent some time at Central District in its development squads, before returning to Salisbury and then eventually signing with the Crows ahead of the 2016 SANFL season.
However, Jolly’s time at the Crows was short-lived after his injury setback.
“I decided that I’d give SANFL footy another crack with the Crows, I had a decent pre-season,” he said.
“I went back and played locally at Salisbury one weekend, and some bloke fell on it and it was gone.
After injuring his knee, Jolly took the remainder of 2016 season and the whole of 2017 off to spend time with his young family.
“After I had the surgery on my knee, I thought there was no way I could run again, let alone play footy,” he said.
“I just kept pushing through the rehab, and, now, the desire is growing and growing.
Jolly has played most of his football in the Adelaide Football League, but said he’s ready to take on the Barossa, Light & Gawler’s best.
“I’m keen on just getting back out there, it’s a new league, and it’s a bit of a test for me,” he said.
“Listening to what ‘Slats’ (Nuriootpa coach Henry Slattery) has to say, he’s a very smart man and played top level football.
Despite the fact he hasn’t played a game for two years, Jolly hasn’t ruled out giving SANFL football another go.
“Going out to Nuri, it’s a level up from what I was playing, so if I get through this alright, I think I’ll give it another crack,” he said.
Nuriootpa gets its season underway with an away trip to grand finalist Kapunda in round one.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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