Jydon Neagle heads to ‘big time’

WODONGA Raiders young gun Jydon Neagle will start pre-season training with Essendon’s VFL team later this year after declaring his shoulder surgery a success.

Neagle, one of the Ovens and Murray’s brightest stars, plans to move to Melbourne in October and is looking forward to testing himself at a higher level.

“Everything went well with the operation,” Neagle said last night.

“I had a bit of ligament damage and they just tightened things up a bit.

“It’s good to have it done now so I can get in a full pre-season.”

Neagle will be in a sling for six weeks and hopes to be back in full contact training with Essendon by the end of the year.

The Victorian Country under-19 representative said it had been a frustrating season at Birallee Park with his ongoing shoulder problems.

“It just kept popping out and going numb for 10 or 15 minutes,” he said.

“It wasn’t a great feeling.

“After the Yarra game I went and saw ‘Reidy’ (Essendon doctor Bruce Reid) and he advised me to get it done now.