MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Tyson Goldsack of the Magpies runs with the ball during a Collingwood AFL training session at the Holden Centre on July 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Collingwood utility Tyson Goldsack is eyeing a shock 2018 return if his side makes finals.

The 31-year old suffered an ACL injury on the eve of the season, undergoing a knee reconstruction in mid-March.

But the much loved Magpie is coming along faster than expected, having already resumed training and is hoping to return to action a mere seven months after sustaining the injury, whereas most ruptured ACLs take 12 months to recover from.

Goldsack is currently on holidays in Europe where he will continue his rehab program, and could be in the frame for a VFL return when he returns, just 28 days weeks after he did his knee.

More likely is that the veteran will be ready for the Pies’ 2019 pre-season, and he has signalled his desire to play on next year.

“I’m keen to play,” Goldsack said on Triple M.

“It’s not until you take something away that you really miss it.

“I don’t want to go out on these terms. I think my body is still going really well. I don’t get soft tissues my speed is still there.”

Goldsack has played 161 games in the black and white and is coming off a career-best year in 2017, where he was one of Nathan Buckley’s most reliable defenders.