during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead was among the senior Hawks’ players to take to the track on Monday to begin pre-season training, in what was a great sight for footy fans.

Roughead sat out the entire 2016 season as he underwent a 12-month course of immunotherapy treatment after a melanoma which had been cut from his lip in 2015 recurred in his lungs.

But after recently being cleared to return to training on a modified program, Roughead joined his teammates at Waverely Park on Monday morning.

“I miss playing with the big fella,” teammate Jack Gunston said.

“I don’t know where he’s at or what situation he’s in at the moment but it’s good to see him out there training and kicking.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks marks during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks marks during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Gunston said that while he is unaware exactly how far off Roughead is to playing again, he is hopeful he could line up for the first game of the season.

“Like everyone else I’m hopeful he’ll be there Round 1 but his health is more important than anything else,” Gunston said.

“If you look probably 10 months ago, you wouldn’t think he’d be out there. He’s done a fair bit of work over the break as well.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks high fives team mates during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks high fives team mates during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“It’s great to see. He’s got a smile on his face, he’s always upbeat. He’s just one of those guys you always want around the team because he’s a good morale-booster and he’s a ripper bloke.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks kicks during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks kicks during a Hawthorn Hawks AFL pre-season training session at Waverley Park on December 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)