MELBOURNE co-captain Jack Viney has come through his first match of 2018 unscathed.
In his first hit-out since round 21 last year, the Melbourne co-captain picked up 18 touches for Casey in their 39-point win over Box Hill at Casey Fields on Sunday.
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Viney hadn't played all season because of a foot problem, which arose after he had surgery last July to relieve plantar fasciitis.
The 2016 best and fairest winner developed a stress fracture in his right foot, and experienced soreness in his third toe, after he returned too quickly following the plantar fascia surgery.
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Despite having his workload managed throughout the pre-season, Viney experienced pain in his big toe on the eve of the new season.
Jack Viney gets the first disposal and clearance of the game, Jay Kennedy Harris slots the opening goal, 6-0 #PJVFL— Casey Demons (@CaseyDemonsFC) May 13, 2018
Viney, who was desperate to come straight back into the senior side, will almost certainly line up at AFL level when the Demons meet the Blues at the MCG on Sunday.
"I can say with full confidence that I felt 100 per cent today," Viney told melbournefc.com.au.
"It didn’t bother me or hinder me, didn’t come into my head at all and I’ve pulled up from the game feeling the same."
Jack’s back at Casey. pic.twitter.com/rx8JuQr10h— Melbourne FC (@melbournefc) May 13, 2018
Despite being tagged for three quarters by Box Hill tagger James Cousins, Viney said he was happy with his performance.
"I back myself and feel like my competitiveness and cleanliness around contests was good today," Viney said.
"I think a few different parties will have a say in whether I play AFL next week.
"Whatever comes, I’m ready to just play and have fun."