Sam Wright (R) during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at UNSW Canberra Oval on March 10, 2017 in Canberra, Australia.

Injury-riddled Kangaroo defender Sam Wright has rejoined the main training group following foot and ankle issues.

The 116-game veteran was restricted to just the three VFL games last year, having not appeared at AFL level since round 11, 2016.

North Melbourne will be keen to get his game day experience back following five ankle operations, with many tipping the young Kangaroos to struggle mightily in 2018.

Wright and fellow injury-riddled Kangaroo Ben Jacobs have been working with the Australian Ballet’s principal physiotherapist Sue Mayes over the preseason to strengthen their feet.

Wright averaged 15.3 disposals and 4.1 marks per game in his most recent season (2016), and will look to return to his best this year to earn an extension of his contract, which is set to expire at season’s end.

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In other news for the Kangaroos, exciting midfielder/forward Taylor Garner has been working on a uniquely designed program to avoid injury to his troublesome knee and hamstring.

Garner has missed time trials and match simulation sessions, often training inside away from the main group.

The 24-year-old collected 15.9 touches and laid 3.4 tackles a game across 18 senior appearances in 2017.