YOUNG gun Nina Morrison is making rapid progress in her return from her second ACL reconstruction.

The former number one pick is completing full sessions without contact, eight months after she ruptured the ACL graft in her right knee.

“She’s running amazing times already, she’s moving very well,” Cats coach Paul Hood says.

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“She was hassling me to start kicking about 12 weeks – it felt like – after her injury, so we’ve been doing one-on-one kicking sessions since back in August, I think.

“Now, she’s progressing in what looks like full training without contact. She’ll have some more steps to take along her journey."

Geelong will take a cautious approach with their young star, keen to ensure no shortcuts are taken in Morrison’s injury recovery.

Morrsion suffered her first ACL tear in training following her 22 disposal Geelong debut, before returning to play six games last season and re-injuring the same knee.

“We won’t be rushing Nina back. Like any player, she’s far too valuable to put at risk,” Hood says.

“But, she’s doing everything she possibly can at the moment, and in true Nina fashion, she’s excelling every time she turns up.”