Just when Harry Cunningham looked to reach a level of consistency and continuity in his senior football, disaster would strike in the form of a serious foot injury.
Cunningham played eight of a possible nine games before, against St Kilda at Docklands, a game in which he'd been starring with 12 disposals and two goals, suffered a tear of the LisFranc ligament.
It would be 10 weeks before the 23-year midfielder would get back to any level.
He did get back however, a positive in the scheme of things, playing three games in the NEAFL before featuring in the final round of the regular season and subsequently earning a spot in the Sydney Swans' two finals matches.
Still developing his game, Cunningham will look forward to beginning pre-season with no injury concerns and cement his place in the Swans' senior 22 in a bigger and brighter 2018.
What the numbers say...
Goal assists: 4
Inside 50s: 24
Rebound 50s: 14
AFL Fantasy: 572 (average 63.6)
Supercoach: 565 (average 62.8)
Round 9 v St Kilda at Docklands
Provided plenty of run and drive through the middle of the ground in an important game for the Sydney Swans, who were coming off two consecutive wins and trying to get their season back on track. Collected 12 disposals and kicked two classy goals before an early end to his game was called just after three-quarter-time.
What they said...
"The first part of the year, he (Harry) was really important for us. His speed and his smarts forward or through the midfield was really valuable. It's good to have him back in the team as well."
- Senior coach John Longmire on Harry's selection ahead of Round 23 v Carlton.
A fired up Harry Cunningham celebrates a goal against West Coast in Round 4.
Cunningam was forced to watch on from the sidelines for much of season 2017.
Cunningham fought back from injury to feature in the Sydney Swans' 2017 finals campaign.