Talented Coolamon forward Jeremiah Maslin has not regretted his decision to return to football after a five-year break.
So much so, Maslin and Coolamon ruckman Anthony Atkin have been among the first to re-sign for a second season at Kindra Park.
Maslin followed good mate Jake Barrett to Coolamon this season and has almost overshadowed the former AFL player on occasions with some brilliant displays in attack.
The 23-year-old had not been sighted on field since 2014 when he broke two bones in his leg playing for Wagga Tigers.
The decision to make a comeback at Coolamon this year is one Maslin is glad he made.
"It was frustrating at the start," Maslin explained.
"Once I decided I was going to play, I sort of went 100 mile an hour and too hard at the start and fell apart during pre-season, then tried to put the pieces back together.
"I'm just starting to get a bit of continuity now. I was literally aiming for three games in a row, that was my goal at the start of the year and I've ticked that off.
"The social side of it is the part you don't realise how much you miss until you get back in a football environment. The social side of it, going to the pub after the game and just the environment around the club is unreal.
"That's probably my favourite part of coming back into footy."
The two broken bones in his leg back when he was 18 was the last straw. Maslin had broken nine different bones over a three-year period and decided enough was enough.
"It was sort of getting to the point where I lost all confidence in my body and I felt like every time I was going to go out there, it was only a matter of time," he said.
"The broken leg was a big injury and the ankle was dislocated as well, so that put me out for 12 months. Then after I finished school I moved to Sydney, then a couple of years in Brisbane as well.
"I was always confident that I could get back to playing some good footy. Once I decided I'd give it a crack, I jumped into it head first."
Maslin said it was only 'a matter of when, not if', when it came to re-signing at Coolamon.
"The club's in a good spot this year, a lot of the boys have already recommitted , which is good. Everyone's jumping on board early," he said.
"Baz, obviously committing as coach, was a big factor for me. He'll do an unreal job so I'm keen to play under him next year. It's just a good place. The numbers at training are unreal, just the vibe around the club, I never gave it a second thought."
Coolamon president Derek Owens is delighted to have Maslin and Atkin recommit to another season at the club.
"The club is thrilled to have two high quality individuals around for another year," Owens said.
"They both lead by example on an off the field, which is all you can expect from any player. We are delighted."