Ben Brown believes he’s ready for round one after kicking three goals in Werribee’s practice match on Saturday.
A knee injury during the pre-season meant Brown played his first match of the year against Sandringham, but the number 50 moved freely during his four-quarter effort.
“It’s down to the match committee to decide now and I think I’ve put my name forward as well as I could have done,” Brown told media after the match.
“I’ve just tried to do everything I can in my rehab to make sure that when the time does come, my fitness is right and I’m ready to go and I think I put my best foot forward today. Hopefully it’s enough.”
The 24-year-old was pleased with how he pulled up immediately following the game.
“It was great to get some run into my legs and the knee feels awesome, the body feels good," Brown said.
“I feel pretty much as good as I could be after playing four quarters.
“It was good to get three goals on the board and there’s a lot to improve on this week, but it was good to blow the cobwebs out.”
Having declared himself ready to go for the season-opener, Brown had nothing but praise for the club’s medical staff in assisting him through his time on the sidelines.
“It (being available in round one) was always going to come down to how my knee went in rehab," he said.
“Everything went to plan; the physios were right on top of it and the doctors have all done a great job getting me ready for the season.
“It’s all ready to go.”
Looking to build on his 41-goal haul in 2016, Brown can’t wait to get back in the blue and white.
“My knee is really feeling as good as its felt for my whole career at the moment," he added.
“It’ll hopefully serve me really well for the whole year now.”