Adelaide defender Wayne Milera Junior has taken a glass half-full approach to a season-ending knee injury sustained in February.
The 23-year-old became a father on March 30 to Carter Andrew Wayne Milera, the first child for Milera and his partner, Nina.
Although difficult to be stuck on the sidelines, the timing has been fortuitous for Milera to spend time with his son.
“Obviously it’s frustrating to miss games, especially after last year,” Milera told The Optus Crows Show.
“I’ve been able to get around the house without any troubles… the timing has worked out pretty well.
“It was such a proud moment for myself and my partner Nina.
“She’s going really well, enjoying it, she loves him and can’t get enough of him, like me.”
The 23-year-old still regularly attends the Club throughout the week for his rehab.
“As a player, you want to be out there, not sitting on the boundary line,” Milera said.
“Recovery is going well at the moment. Obviously it’s going pretty slow, but I’m off the crutches now.
“It’s been a lot of upper-body cross training and weights.”
Also on The Optus Crows Show this week, Brodie Smith chats with Lachlan Gollant and Data and Football Strategist Chris Sheedy talks about the new AFL rules.
The Optus Crows Show airs on Sunday at 11.30am ACST on Channel 7 in Adelaide.
Interstate fans can catch the full episode on afc.com.au shortly after.