Self-be­lief helped Lang play again

Daily Mercury - - SPORT AFL - — Lachie Young

THERE are many AFL play­ers who would strug­gle to get their head around the idea they could re­cover from a bro­ken fibula in June in time to play fi­nals.

Darcy Lang (pic­tured) is not one of those play­ers. The 21-year-old frac­tured his leg against Fre­man­tle in Round 14 and missed the next six weeks work­ing his back­side off in the re­cov­ery process.

He then played three games in the VFL but with the Cats fly­ing at the end of the home-and-away sea­son it seemed in­creas­ingly un­likely he would earn a re­call.

As the VFL sea­son came to an end, Lang con­tin­ued to push hard at train­ing and de­spite the odds be­ing stacked against him, never gave up hope that there was still a mean­ing­ful role for him to play in Septem­ber.

“It’s just a lot of self-be­lief and that’s pretty much it, you’ve just got to have that be­lief in your­self to play,” Lang said.

“They (the coaches) sort of just say to keep en­gaged. It’s very dis­ap­point­ing when you miss out on get­ting picked but you can’t drop your bun­dle be­cause things do hap­pen and when you get your chance you’ve got to take it with both hands.”

Lang cer­tainly took his chance against Syd­ney on Fri­day night.

A week af­ter Gee­long was touched up by Rich­mond, Lang was among his team’s best play­ers on a night where there were few pas­sen­gers.

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