Another piece of the puzzle

WODONGA Diamonds’ dominant central defender Dan Millynn could be back on the park within three weeks.

Last year’s league and cup-winning captain has been sidelined for much of the year after rolling a troublesome ankle in the pre-season.

Millynn said he would start training with the squad next week with a view to perhaps playing in the reserves next month.

Millynn’s imminent return comes in the same week prolific striker Nagus Henry returned to the club for the cup final replay with Myrtleford at La Trobe.

Double-winning midfielder Jedd Gvozdenovic returned to Diamonds from the Victorian Premier League just two weeks ago.

Six weeks ago Millynn was on crutches, his foot in a moon boot.

“I’m probably still three weeks away from taking the field, I just need to make sure my fitness and touch is up to scratch,” he said.

“But it is starting to look a bit like last year’s team after being hit with injuries at the start of the year and initially having lost Jedd and Nagus from the starting line-up.”

Millynn said the late entries would bolster their attacking options.

“We can’t afford to drop any more games and our problem at the start of the year, losing to Wangaratta, was we couldn’t score goals,” he said.

“Our defence was sound but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“But we now have players who, potentially, are among the better strikers in the competition.”

Millynn left the door open on a return to a midfield role rather than centre back.

His endorsement of central defenders Stephen Currie and Ben Whitehead finished with “if it ain’t broke, why fix it”.

“I wouldn’t say no to a positional change — a bit of freedom would be nice,” he said.

“Both had blinders against United, they were unbeatable.

“It might be I have to play reserves and just work my way back into the team.”

Myrtleford is expected to add captain Nathan Mirt and striker Alex Murrel to the squad beaten by Twin City before the Queen’s Birthday weekend.