Lockhart recruit Trotter to test gammy hammy

Former North Melbourne midfielder David Trotter could be a wildcard in the Demons’ flag assault, despite not lasting a full match so far this season. Putting a frustrating year aside, Trotter says he has not ruled out playing again next year.

Former North Melbourne midfielder David Trotter could be a wildcard in the Demons’ flag assault, despite not lasting a full match so far this season. Putting a frustrating year aside, Trotter says he has not ruled out playing again next year.

HIGH-profile Lockhart recruit David Trotter is willing.

But the million-dollar question for the Demons is if the body is able?

Trotter is yet to last a full match this season after tearing his hamstring in all four matches he has attempted to play.

But the former North Melbourne midfielder is willing to roll the dice one more time with the Demons all but guaranteed their first finals appearance since 2009 heading into this week’s final round.

“To say it’s been a frustrating year would be an understatement,” Trotter said.

“Even to get through a game would have been a start.

“Unfortunately dodgy hamstrings have plagued my whole career.

“The boys have done an outstanding job over the past month to win three out of four to all but clinch a finals berth.

“So I’ve put my hand up to play again.

“I’ve just got to have a good chat with Jake (Wooden co-coach) and decide what’s best for the club.

“I don’t want to come back and get injured again and feel pretty bad not being able to last a game.”

Trotter, who played juniors for Lockhart, returned to his home club this season for the first time in more than a decade.

He attended Assumption College and played for Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup before being drafted by North Melbourne in 2003.

Trotter spent four years on the Kangaroos’ list, playing seven matches.

The 186-centimetre midfielder then joined South Australian club Norwood in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Redlegs before heading overseas in 2011.

He is close mates with former Walla junior and now Carlton defender Sam Rowe after playing alongside him at Norwood.

Trotter returned to Norwood last season and featured in its best on eight occasions in 18 matches before joining with the Demons this season in the biggest signing of the summer.

“I last played as a 16-year-old in the thirds but I have loved coming back to the club,” he said.

“I hadn’t been back since then but there is still a heap of familiar faces.

“I was gobsmacked when I first laid eyes on Zac Sheather who is now 200 centimetres — I remember when he was running around in the fourths.

“It’s definitely made me feel my age, returning to the home club.”

Trotter hasn’t ruled out playing with the Demons again next season.

He spends a lot of time in the Riverina as part of his job as a player manager for McDonald Sports and Talent Management.

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