Collingwood veteran Tyson Goldsack remains hopeful he hasn’t played his last game after suffering a serious knee injury.
The 30-year-old will undergo a knee reconstruction after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s pre-season win over the Western Bulldogs in Moe.
Goldsack is out of contract at the end of the season having only been offered a one-year deal for 2018 late last year.
The recovery time for the surgery is generally 10 to 12 months, but the popular swingman is hopeful of a miraculous return this season or a new contract for next year.
“It’s fair to say that I hope I haven’t played my last game,” Goldsack told reporters.
“I’m definitely keen to play again whether that’s late this year or if it has to be next year then we’ll go down that path after surgery.
“But I’m definitely keen to play on.”
Goldsack didn’t require any surgery at the end of last season and had enjoyed a strong preparation before he suffered the injury in the dying minutes of the clash.
He was initially unconcerned and was confident he would play in round one before precautionary scans confirmed the extent of the damage on Monday.
“It’s a tough blow for Tyson, who is a senior player in our group and an important one,” said Collingwood’s General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh on Monday afternoon.
“The news came as bit of a shock to everyone, Tyson most of all. He jogged from the field thinking he had hyper-extended the knee.
“For him and us, it’s a bitter reminder of how tough our game can be.”
Goldsack has played 161 games for the Magpies since making his debut in 2007, including the club’s 2010 premiership triumph, when he was brought into the side for the Grand Final Replay following the previous week’s draw.
He signed a one-year contract extension for 2018 last September after returning to his consistent best and playing 20 games for the Magpies.
Down but not out: Tyson Goldsack is set to undergo knee surgery.
Source: Collingwood FC’s website