AFL: Hawthorn players had an extra pep in their step when they began pre-season training, with Jarryd Roughead joining in the action.
The popular 29-year-old was a welcome addition despite the fact his battle against melanoma continues. He has entered the last phase of his immunotherapy treatment.
Fellow Hawk forward Jack Gunston hopes to see Roughead as part of line-up for round one next year.
"I miss playing with the big fella,” Gunston said.
But, just having Roughead healthy and happy is top priority for all the Hawks.
"It's good to see him out there," Gunston said.
"If you looked (back) to 10 months ago, you probably didn't think he'd be out here training ... (but) he has done a fair bit of work over the break. It's great to see.
"He's got a smile on his face. He's always upbeat and just one of those guys you always want around the team because he's a good morale booster and ripper bloke.”
New arrivals Tom Mitchell (Sydney), Jaeger O'Meara (Gold Coast) and Tyrone Vickery (Richmond) also took part as life without four-time premiership heroes Sam Mitchell (West Coast) and Jordan Lewis (Melbourne) began
"It was disappointing to lose quality players, but they've got great opportunities and get to extend their careers,” Gunston said.
"The great thing is we've brought in some quality players, blokes that are established.
"Tom Mitchell played in a grand final (this) year and played really well. And we know what some of the other guys are capable of. It's an exciting time for the group.”
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