Magpies star puts hand up for return at Easter
COLLINGWOOD forward Jamie Elliott put his hand up for next week's Easter Sunday clash against St Kilda after booting five goals in his return via the VFL.
Elliott returned from a persistent ankle injury in the practice match against North Ballarat at the Holden Centre on Saturday, playing his first game since the opening JLT Series clash with Essendon on February 16.
The star forward was one of Collingwood's best in the 94-point win and hopes it will be enough to prove he's ready.
"All I've got to do is put my hand up, play good footy, play my role and then whatever happens, happens but I felt today (Saturday) was pretty positive," Elliott said.
"It's not up to me, I'll let the powers above decide that.
"(Friday) night the boys played really well, especially that first quarter.
"When we play how we want to play we're a tough team to beat."
Elliott has not played an AFL game since 2015 after battling a back injury that kept him out for the entire 2016 season.
He sustained his latest injury at training just days after making return from that back issue in the pre-season competition.
The performance is a timely confidence boost for the 24-year-old.
"I came into the game just wanting to test the ankle out," he told the club's website.
"I've trained for about two weeks fully, I just wanted to see how I ran with my power, my speed, pushing off that left foot and I felt like I had that during the whole game.
"I'm pretty pleased with how my body pulled up and I don't think I'll have any issues. It's all pretty positive."
Collingwood is also expected to be boosted by the return of high-profile recruit Daniel Wells, who is expected to return from his calf troubles via the VFL next weekend.
Jordan De Goey is also likely to resume next week after recovering from his broken hand as he serves the first of his three-match club-imposed suspension for lying about how he sustained the injury.