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'Sonny' enjoying the sunshine

Michael Walters is progressing well in his comeback from a knee injury. Michael Walters chats to DTV about his comeback from an knee injury.

They say it's hard to keep a good man down.

That line has never been truer when talking about Freo’s Michael Walters. 

A knee injury has ruled him out for the season but you’d be hard pressed to find a more positive person around the club.

‘Sonny’ had his first running session on the track on Tuesday morning since injuring his PCL in Freo’s round 18 game to the Hawks at Domain Stadium and it was clear to see his motivation has not waned.

“It’s great to be out there running again and it’s just good to get some sunshine,” Walters said.

“I was going at a slow pace but it’s always good to get out there and change up my training.

“My knee felt prefect, it’s been really good to get back out there.”

Walters' split his time between Freo’s forward line and midfield during the season and was crucial in Freo’s round eight win against Richmond gathering 38 disposals, four tackles and seven marks.

The 26-year-old relished the time he spent in Freo’s midfield and is still seen as a leader, despite the fact he’s missing from the final 22 each week.

“I had a quiet start to the season, but I worked myself into the game throughout the year,” Walters said. 

“Going into the midfield was quite different, it was exciting for me to go in there and learn a new role.”

“I’m still motivated to talk and give my ideas and thoughts in meetings and in the corridor.

“When the boys come to me  I am more than happy to help them out wherever I can. 

“My motivation hasn’t stopped and I’m determined to make sure that continues.”

Off the field Walters life has never been better, the proud family man married his beautiful wife Marnie in December last year, and the couple are now expecting their third child.

“My partner and I are off to Bali with the kids, it’s a last minute trip because she’s due in January," Walters said. 

“We’re having another baby girl, it’s very exciting for me and my family.”

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