Myrtleford's hard-luck story Riley O'Shea admits he's "devastated" he requires a second knee reconstruction, but also remains philosophical.
Saints' coach Jake Sharp delivered the news at Wednesday's press conference, admitting the club was shattered.
"I'm devastated with the position we're in this year and I might not be part of something that's special, that's just around the corner," O'Shea said.
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"But when you put things in perspective and people are dealing with bigger issues in life than ACL injuries, I've got to be grateful for what I've had in my life."
O'Shea will undergo surgery on his right knee in Melbourne on Thursday.
The other reconstruction was on his left knee in 2014.
But the 27-year-old has no intention of retiring.
"No, definitely not, I'm signed on for next year," he said enthusiastically.
O'Shea is in his eighth season and has travelled from Melbourne for six.