Mohr less focused on injuries

Former Launceston defender Tim Mohr.

Former Launceston defender Tim Mohr.

OUT of contract and having not played a game this season after two separate injury dramas, it would be easy to assume that Tim Mohr would be worried about his short and long- term football future.

But that's not even close to reality, with the former Launceston Football Club defender confident from both points of view.

Before his comeback from ankle and knee problems against Hawthorn last round, Mohr was re-signed by Greater Western Sydney for another two seasons.

But with such a focus to getting back on the park, the contract was the furthest thing from his mind.

"My professionalism to my rehab and my durability last year in playing all 22 games were big factors I reckon (in being re-signed), despite my injuries this year," Mohr told The Examiner this week.

"It was good to get back out there last week, even though I did think coming up against the reigning premier, they could have given me an easier match, but we took it right up there and showed them what we were capable of.

"I was quite comfortable with the pace of the game, I knew what to expect and I ran the game out really well.

"We, as a team, just took all that negative (outside) pressure and tried to turn it into a positive and that just showed what we can do as a group.

"We just need to do it week in and week out, which will be tough as we're a young group, but we can do it."

Mohr, 25, suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle before Christmas, and a medial strain in his left knee in April.

In his first game back last week, he had 16 possessions at 69 per cent disposal efficiency and took six marks, playing on the likes of Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston.

The key defender admitted that the injury-riddled start to his season had been the toughest part of his 36-game career.

"Especially as I was meant to be back then they gave me an extra week to prepare and I went and did my knee, which was shattering.

"I just went up for a mark and it buckled under me. I didn't think anything at the time, tried to run on it and it just wasn't any good."

In Mohr and co-captain Phil Davis's absence, young defenders Aiden Corr and Sam Frost have been given more exposure on the big forwards, but Mohr doesn't believe his role will change.

"On the weekend I took the deepest player, as I think I'm best suited to that role, and I think that would continue.

"For the rest of the year, apart from playing every game, I just want to continue taking the opposition's best forward and shut them down."

GWS comes up against Essendon at Spotless Stadium tonight, with Mohr likely to take on Joe Daniher, Paddy Ryder and fellow former Launceston graduate Thomas Bellchambers. "We'll be going in with the same competitive nature that we did on the weekend and we're planning to hit them really hard."

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