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Rory Sloane missed Adelaide's Qualifying Final win over GWS - Rory Sloane,Adelaide Crows

Rory Sloane missed Adelaide's Qualifying Final win over GWS

Star Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane has declared himself a certain starter for next week's Preliminary Final and will begin training with the Crows' main squad in preparation.

Sloane, 27, missed the Crows' Qualifying Final 36-point victory against Greater Western Sydney last Thursday night as he recovered from appendix surgery. 

He joined the rest of the squad, minus ACL victim Brodie Smith, for a trip to the Gold Coast earlier this week for training and a mental break.

"I'll start ramping up from here on in. I did some pretty solid running in the last couple of days and a bit more solid training today. A lot of football-like training," Sloane said at the AFL Players' Association MVP awards on Tuesday night.

"I'll join in with the main squad from here on in and we'll have a solid session over the weekend I'd imagine."

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When asked to confirm whether he would be right for the clash against either Sydney or Geelong, Sloane was unequivocal.

"Absolutely. I was trying to push it, probably a little hard, for that first final but I was probably a few days short in the end. As long as I train well and get through training and everything, which I imagine I'll be fine with, (I'll play)," he said.

Sloane said training was as per normal in the Sunshine State, albeit with a couple of extra privileges.

"We were able to get some sun and have a swim and just enjoy each others' company as well," he said.