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Cristian Filippo, Carlton Media  March 5, 2017 2:25 PM

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Ciaran Sheehan was buoyed by a successful return to action and the team’s performance in the Northern Blues’ victory over Sandringham yesterday.

Playing his first game in over nine months, Sheehan played the whole game and emerged unscathed, collecting 19 disposals down back in the 11-point win.

Speaking post-match, Sheehan said it was a relief to get through the game, with his last match being the contest between the Blues and Zebras in June last year.

“It was good to be out there. It was my first full game in a while and to run out with what was a new set of boys and get the result was really good,” Sheehan said.

“I was fresh and really keen to give it a red-hot crack. It’s a big oval so there was plenty of running to do and I got through without any issue.”

Following a lengthy time on the sidelines, Sheehan was able to get amongst the action early with six disposals in the opening quarter.

He said it helped settle the nerves and get into the game as the Blues overcame a slow start to triumph in Seaford.

“Absolutely, to get my hands on the footy early let me ease into the game, and the rest of the back-line helped me get on the ball a bit as well,” Sheehan said.

Unsurprisingly, the goal for Sheehan for 2017 was to achieve some consistency and faith in both his fitness and performance.

“The more games you play the better, to get a bit of form and get in the AFL side. It’ll take a bit of time but hopefully I can put my hand up.”

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser was glowing in his praise for the Irishman, who has endured a difficult two years with injury.

He said the way in which Sheehan not only got through the game but contributed to the side’s win was the most pleasing aspect.

“It was fantastic to see. It might get thrown around a bit but he’s a terrific man who has worked really hard on his craft after a number of injury setbacks,” Fraser said.

“We were all rapt for him to see him get through, and not only that but play a really important role. He’ll continue to build from here.”

The Northern Blues return to Ikon Park for the first time in 2017 on Friday, as they take to the field against the Box Hill Hawks on Friday at 4pm.