Paddy McCartin eyeing an AFL return

Former No.1 draft pick Paddy McCartin has an AFL comeback firmly in his sights.

The 23-year-old, who has suffered eight concussions since 2014, was delisted by St Kilda late last year as part of a plan to put his career on hold until at least 2021.

Paddy McCartin hopes to resume his AFL career after a long layoff due to concussion.Credit:AAP

But he has completed a rehabilitation program for his head and brain, and feels ready to return to a full training program when coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.

McCartin had been scheduled to undergo a test earlier this month that would have determined if he was ready to resume contact training.

Coronavirus issues meant the test had to be delayed, but the 35-game key forward said his doctors were confident he would have passed.

"Basically that means that I have no longer got any concussion stuff to worry about. I can just return to training as a full player," McCartin told SEN radio on Monday.

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