Back af­ter a break, Lang proves hard work pays

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - LACHIE YOUNG

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.

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