Brent Staker on target for 2013 season with Lions
THE Brisbane Lions have confirmed injury-plagued utility Brent Staker will be on the plane to Arizona next month for the club's high-altitude training camp.
The 28-year-old has been off the scene for almost two seasons after undergoing two knee reconstructions in 2011.
Staker was a member of West Coast's losing grand final side in 2005, and, after playing in the qualifying final the following year, was dropped from the team that went on to win the premiership.
He joined the Lions at the start of 2010 and played every game that season, but tragically ruptured the ACL in his right knee in the first game of 2011. He opted for LARS surgery and was back on the field by round 17, but needed a second full reconstruction after repeating the injury against West Coast just five games later.
After sitting out all of 2012, strength and conditioning manager Matt Hass said Staker was on target for round one next season.
"He is pretty well at full running and full agility now. He should complete a full pre-season," Hass said.
"The last thing to come is contact work, and that will come after Arizona and after Christmas."