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Aussie Rules: Sloane rules out retirement

Adelaide star Rory Sloane says there have been no thoughts of retirement since suffering an ACL injury and he will use the time to return fitter and stronger than before.

The Crows are priced at 4/1 to make the eight, but will have to do it without Sloane who has been ruled out of the rest of the 2022 AFL campaign.

Rotten luck with injuries

Sloane has had some bad luck on the injury front in recent seasons and will need to bounce back again. But unlike last year he is feeling optimistic and is ready to go.

Last season he suffered a fractured eye-socket and detached retina which prompted thoughts of retirement but that has not been the case this year.

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"The eye socket injury last year, realising that could have been a loss of sight," Sloane told reporters. "That was probably the only moment I have had in my career where it's an injury like that can mean the end of your career, and loss of sight more

"With one like this (knee), and I have had physios and HP (high performance) staff reinforce this, but having 11, 12 months to get as fit and fresh as you possibly can, that's a huge amount of time to get pretty healthy. So I look forward to sinking my teeth into it."

Positive outlook

Sloane immediately turned his thoughts to the positives and believes the 12 months out will enable him to return fitter and stronger than ever before.

"Immediately your thought process goes to what can I control and how is thing going to look long term,” he added. "And that is the goal, basically since the day after surgery: How am I going to best prep for round one next year."

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