Back after a break, Lang proves hard work pays
MANY players would struggle with breaking a fibula in June and recovering in time to play finals.
Darcy Lang 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 homeand-away season it seemed increasingly unlikely he would earn a recall.
As the VFL season came to an end, Lang continued to push hard.
“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.
“I didn’t get injured at a great time but through my rehab I tried to tick every box and when I was playing VFL I tried to do the right things and play the right way.”
Lang certainly took his chance against Sydney on Friday night.
His 13 marks and six tackles speak to his work rate and willingness to run and apply pressure, and while the 24 disposals were a bonus, what stood out was that even when the game was in Geelong’s keeping, Lang was still active late in the contest.
“It was a bit of a blur to be honest, it was (my) first final, it’s just awesome to . . . play the way we played ... and have a win,” he said.